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.
Xtrema Ceramic Cookware
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’s 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 is very durable and 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 (about 3 minutes), I’m able to cook on lower heat and without it sticking.
I also really like how easy Xtrema is to clean. It’s 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!
Safety of Ceramic
Some sources have brought up safety concerns about ceramic cookware, claiming some contain lead and other harmful heavy metals in dangerous amounts. Specifically, testing with an XRF (X-ray fluorescence) instrument showed the presence of lead, chromium, and other metals.
Since I’ve used these pans for years, it’s important to be able to verify their safety. After months of research and talking to specialists, I’m still comfortable using this cookware, as it passes all stringent California Prop 65 testing, as well as third-party leach testing, and they publish all of their results here.
Additionally, an XRF device is not an approved way to test for the ability of these metals to leach. This means that although there may be small amounts of these compounds naturally occurring in the clay used to make this cookware, leach testing confirms that they are not migrating into food.
I also confirmed that no harmful nano-particles are used in production and that each batch is lab tested to ensure safety.
- Very easy to clean
- Cooks well on low heat
- Safe to use on high heat (500+ degrees)
- Dishwasher safe
- Oven safe
- Stove safe
- Fridge/freezer safe
- Won’t scratch or flake
- Can break if dropped
- Takes slightly longer to heat up than regular metal cookware
Xtrema: My Opinion
After exhaustive research, I consider Xtrema one of the highest quality cookware options. After confirming safety data from independent labs, I’m comfortable using this cookware for myself and my family and have many of their pieces in my kitchen. It is easier to clean than most cookware and won’t scratch.
The only downside is that it’s not non-stick like some other types of cookware and takes a little adjustment if you’re used to those. Unfortunately, I’ve never found any safe non-stick options to recommend, and consider Xtrema a good alternative.
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What kind of cookware do you use? Would you try ceramic? Share below!