It is getting tougher to find good cookware options. It seems like many of the nonstick or easy clean options contain harmful chemicals or heavy metals, while the natural options lead to sticking and are hard to clean.
In this post, I talk about my experience with Xtrema and some potential concerns based on recent data. I’m doing continual research on this topic and sending my cookware out to be tested for lead and heavy metals. I will update as I find new info.
Several years ago, I got some Xtrema cookware as a Christmas present. I’d been trying to find good pots and pans after getting rid of my non-stick pans. I was frustrated with eggs sticking to cast iron and coated cast iron, and we only had one small stainless steel pan that didn’t stick terribly.
I was skeptical at first about Xtrema… It was all ceramic (not metal) and while beautiful, I doubted how well it would cook. I also wondered about the safety/durability of ceramic cookware, so I researched it. (I envisioned a mix between a ceramic tile and a clay pot) Turns out that when properly made, ceramic cookware was very durable and was a choice of some top chefs.
It took me a few days to adjust to cooking with Xtrema but I was really impressed with how well it cooked. Though it takes longer to heat up, I was able to cook on lower heat and without it sticking.
I also really liked how easy to clean Xtrema is. It is the only cookware I’ve ever found that encourages using steel wool, baking soda or any other abrasive cleaner. From their website:
Clean Xtrema cookware just like you would metal cookware. You can use Baking Soda, Soft Scrub, Bon Ami, Comet and Ajax powered cleaners along with steel wool SOS and Brillo pads and heavy duty scrub sponges on the inside and outside of your Xtrema cookware. Do not worry; you cannot scratch the Xtrema cookware surface!
Unfortunately, after years of using these pans, some recent information has emerged calling safety into question. I’m personally still researching this but several sources have found lead and heavy metals in the glaze and especially the logo/sticker on the bottom of these pans. Xtrema still maintains the safety of their cookware. For this reason, I’m working on some testing and will update this post as I find new info, but have remove links for now. If you’ve purchased this cookware in the past, I’d encourage you to do your own research and reach out to the company with any concerns.
There is new research coming out on the topic and I will update with my own results as I get them in. It is also important to note that Ceramcor does pass all California Prop 65 testing, meaning that these heavy metals should not be able to leach out of the product and into your food, though I’m working to confirm this.
- Very easy to clean
- Cooks on low heat
- Dishwasher safe
- Oven safe
- Stove safe
- Fridge/freezer safe
- Won’t scratch
- Can break if dropped
- Takes slightly longer to heat up than regular metal cookware
- Potential concerns of lead and heavy metals
What kind of cookware do you use? Would you try ceramic? Share below!