All Ceramic Cookware: Xtrema 100% Ceramic Cookware Review

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This cookware is pure ceramic. Not to be confused with the nonstick cookware, this one is 100% ceramic and the surface will not wear. It is 100% non-scratch and with care should last you a lifetime!

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The Xtrema 100% Ceramic Cookware Range

You can choose a style with a single handle — the Traditions range or one with handles on each side of the ware — the Versa 100 ceramic cookware range. 

As a single pot, these make a healthy addition or replacement to your existing set. The beauty of solid ceramic cookware is that they will last a lifetime and are versatile to use for cooking, serving, and then storing in the one container.

In the Versa range, pot size ranges from 16-oz right through to 8-quart.

100% Ceramic Pan Sets

Once again you can choose a Traditions style with the long handles or the Versa style of ceramic pans with a handle on each side.

The Traditions 8-piece set has four saucepans: a 16-ounce, 1-quart, 1.5-quart, and 2.5-quart, all with lids.

See the Latest Price for the 8-Piece Traditions Set

Or, you might like the Versa 11-piece ceramic set…

This set has four pots: a 1.5-quart, 2.5-quart, 3.5-quart, as well as a 10-inch Traditions skillet. The set comes with a skillet pot holder and two Versa pot holders, all made of silicone.

See the 11-Piece Versa Set on Amazon

Or…

Looking for a Starter Set?

Looking for something smaller to start with? Go to the company itself…

See the 5-Piece Starter Set at Xtrema & Ceramcor

The 100% ceramic cookware has all of the features listed for the non-stick ceramic cookware (minus rapid heating), plus the following:

What’s Good About 100% Ceramic Cookware?

  • Higher heat and scratch resistance
  • More versatile. Can be used in the oven, microwave, and then as a serving dish or storage in refrigerator or freezer
  • Totally recyclable
  • More durable and long-lasting
  • Best for slow cooking

About the Xtrema Design

Producing cookware made of light-weight pressure cast ceramic with a scratch-proof ceramic glaze finish takes 20 days to complete. Each piece is cast in a mold under high pressure and then triple-fired at extremely high temperatures (2,500ºF) for strength and durability. According to the maker, the product is made from natural minerals and water. Safe natural gas is used in the firing kilns for clean burning and no pollutants are emitted in the process with all the water used being recycled.

The Manufacturer

The manufacturer is Ceramcor, which has over 50 years experience in the ceramics industry. Ceramcor is an American company that has facilities for manufacture in Southern China, where the art of ceramics has been honed over tens of thousands of years, which is why China ranks #1 in the world for crafting of ceramics.

Designed for…

The pots are versatile, designed for cooking, serving, and storing of food, all in the one pot, saving on clean up and minimizing the need for various other kitchenware.

I just love that they are designed so that you can take the cookware directly from the stove-top to the table for serving and then later store the leftovers in the same container. To me, this means less hassle and fewer dishes to clean.

The pots are versatile, designed for cooking, serving, and storing of food…saving on clean up and minimizing the need for various other kitchen ware

The pieces are designed for very high heat resistance (up to 2500 ºF). The whole unit of each pot (lid and handle included) can be used in hot ovens.

Also, the cookware is rivet free with molded handles, so there you’ll have no worries about hygiene and cleaning around any riveted areas.

Pros and Cons

Eco-friendly cookware. This 100 percent ceramic cookware is made of molded natural clay and finished with a natural ceramic glaze. The design feature to love about this set is its pure ceramic nature, which means it’s totally recyclable and eco-friendly. It is 100% natural and guaranteed non-toxic with no lead or any other harmful metals. So being 100% ceramic, there is no potential for leaching of nasty chemicals like PFTE or PFOA.

Being 100% ceramic, there is no potential for leaching of nasty chemicals like PFTE or PFOA.

As far as energy consumption in the manufacture of ceramics, the most energy-intensive area is the firing and drying of the clay. It is considered less energy intensive than the manufacture of primary metals.

Lightweight pots. This solid ceramic cookware is relatively lightweight. While the ceramic pots are much lighter than cast iron types, they are slightly heavier than aluminum or the ceramic nonstick frying pans.

They are 100% non-scratch

Insulation. As a bonus, it will keep your food warmer than conventional containers when waiting to serve food that is ready to be eaten.

Functionality – Stove to table cookware. After mealtime, the remaining food can be simply covered with the lid and put in the refrigerator in the same cookware container. Voila!

The cookware has a 50 year warranty for breakage while cooking and against scratching. It is claimed to have a 100% non-scratch cooking surface and exterior. Being solid ceramic, you do need to avoid run-ins with hard surfaces.

Heating. The 100% natural ceramic cookware is best for slow cooking styles. It is perfect for oven use as it can withstand very high temperatures and will last you a lifetime with care. If you are looking for cookware that offers fast heating, solid ceramic cookware is not for you. This type of cookware heats slowly but cooks thoroughly.

Handles. Handles are part of the mold, so there are no rivets or screws to cause concern with hygiene or cleaning. Because of the transfer of heat through the 100% ceramic cookware, you will need pot holders when transferring the pots from the stove to the table or bench as the handles can be hot to touch, especially after being over high heat.

Cost. This cookware is more expensive than other conventional metal cookware types based on stainless steel, cast iron, or aluminum. However, with care, it will last you a lifetime and the upside is the pure ceramic construction without the concern of leaching of toxins into your food.


What is Pure Ceramic Cookware Best For?

Slow cooking. But you can still cook everything from eggs, meat, oatmeal, to vegetables using this product. The best part – it perfectly locks in flavor without the harmful chemicals.

Pure ceramic cookware, like the Xtrema range, locks in flavor and nutrition in the foods you cook. They are ideal for wholesome slow cooked meals or meals in a dish that can go from stovetop or oven to the table, all in the same ware.

Pure taste. If you want to avoid toxins and metals entering your food, then go no further than this 100% ceramic cookware. This cookware is free of PTFE, PFOA, lead and other harmful additives, making it the safest to choose. It is especially the safest cookware for tomato-based soups/casseroles or cream sauces. You may not realize the adverse effect of metal on the taste and wholesomeness of this food.

Versatility. Rather than that old faithful metal pot, use this non-reactive cookware for cooking, serving, and storing the types of food that are acidic. The Xtrema ceramic pots are perfect for this as they are metal-free and can be used for all three purposes: cooking, storing, and serving. The pots are also microwave-safe.

Oven cooking. This Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware set is said to withstand high temperatures (up to 2500 ºF), and so is ideal for oven cooking.

Main Features of the Xtrema Cookware

The five basics of good cookware:

Thick Base. The Xtrema cookware has a thick flat base. It is 100% ceramic cookware, meaning no metal layers. For this reason, heating is not as rapid as aluminum based cookware and on gas stove burners and electric coils without a center heat force, the center of the base will take longer to heat up than the rest of the base.

Sturdy Handles. Molded handles make these sturdy. There are no rivets or screws to work loose over time. The long handles allow you to safely transfer the food from the stove to the kitchen bench or table. Just be aware that the handles may get hot to touch if positioned over a heat source. It is best to use potholders, and these are supplied in this set. When lifting always use the potholders for safety. As well, when cooking, position the long handles on the cooktop so that they are not over the hot element.

Exterior Finish. The outer surface of the Xtrema set is hardened and is 100% non-scratch. It is a glazed ceramic finish that resists stains and will be super easy to clean.

Solid Lids. The lids of this pure ceramic cookware are not clear view glass. So, you will need to lift the lid to view the cooking process. I don’t have a problem with this as I find I lift glass lids anyway with heat causing condensation that hinders any clear view. The lids are loose fitting but still lock in flavor while allowing the escape of excess moisture.

Oven Safe. The great thing is that, because they are 100% ceramic, they are perfect for the oven, resisting higher temperatures than their counterparts. This Xtrema ceramic pots and lids are suited to hot oven cooking as they can withstand temperatures up to 2500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Things to Love in a Nutshell

This pure ceramic cookware has all of the features of non-stick ceramic cookware (with the exception of rapid heating), plus more.

✓ Totally recyclable because they are 100% ceramic pans
✓ Eco-friendly ceramic cookware sets
✓ Durable and long-lasting ceramic pots with lids
✓ Best for slow cooking
✓ Super easy to clean
✓ Healthy cooking with reduced fat and oil requirements in cooking
✓ Even cooking once properly heated
✓ Free of hazardous PTFE & PFOA*
✓ Non-reactive with acids. So, no leaching of toxins into your food*
✓ Proven to have no metals and guaranteed non-toxic

*qualities that make these preferable to other non-stick cookware. These are the real ceramic cookware.

This product is versatile. It can go on top of the stove, under the broiler, in the dishwasher, and in the refrigerator or freezer.

Can be used on a stovetop, oven, microwave, toaster oven, in a convection oven, steamer oven, and grill.

How to Care for 100 Percent Ceramic

With proper care, this cookware set will last you a lifetime.

Before first use. There is no need for seasoning of this product, just a soapy wash and rinse first up and you are ready to go!

Cleaning. The surface of the cookware is tough and easy to clean. All that is needed to clean the ceramic finish is a nylon brush or a pad like the SOS, Comet, or Scotch Brite types. Note: This item is dishwasher safe, but I recommend handwashing for longevity. IMPORTANT: Mind you, this applies to all types of cookware: Do not pour cold water on the product while it is still warm or hot. Allow to cool and then use warm or hot water.

Utensils. Because the surface of this 100% ceramic cookware is hardened, metal utensils won’t leave scratches but rather gray marks (the ceramic is tougher than the metal alloy). So, always use wooden or nylon utensils when cooking with ceramic cookware. This set comes with a 3-piece nylon tool set.

Storage. You should store the ceramic pots separately rather than nesting them and place the individual lid upside-down on the respective pot to avoid damage.

Summary

Pros
  • 50-year warranty  against breakage during cooking & scratching
  • 100% natural. No leaching chemicals. Non-toxic.
  • Locks in flavor and goodness. Cooks thoroughly.
  • Rivet free smooth surface. Easy cleanup. No seasoning.
  • Can be used in the microwave.
  • Use the same pot on stove, table, and in storing food.
  • Oven and stovetop safe to 2500 °F
Cons
  • Not for cooking that requires fast, high heat distribution
  • Handles may get hot at high heat
  • Not as lightweight as the ceramic non stick type
  • More expensive than metal types
  • Fragile if dropped on a hard surface

If you decide on an Xtrema skillet for frying or searing, make sure to add a smidgen of grapeseed oil or other high-temperature oil when using it to cook eggs or shallow fry bacon etc. Always apply your oil first before heating the pan or skillet and add more as needed to prevent food from sticking.

Where to Buy Xtrema Cookware?

Wanting Xtrema cookware?

See the Xtrema Cookware on Amazon!

Or… buy from the company itself. Check out their sale offers!

Buy the Xtrema Cookware from Ceramcor! 

Final Thoughts on the Xtrema Cookware

The 100% ceramic cookware has absolutely no metal layers and is guaranteed non toxic ceramic cookware. It is not entirely non-stick however with slight greasing of the pan needed. These are good cookware sets for slow cooking and for cooking, serving, and storing in the one vessel = less to clean.

It can be confusing choosing the best cooking pots. The cost and quality of 100% natural put these type in the high end cookware range.

Remember…this cookware will last you a lifetime with care.

It is designed for cooking, serving, and storing – all in the one pot for complete convenience and ease of presentation and cleanup. It is also great for locking in pure taste and goodness in cooking.

Being 100% ceramic means no metal layers. So, not only can the pots be used on the stove top and oven, but they can also go in the microwave. However, if your cooking style requires rapid heating on the stovetop, you might want to check out the ceramic non stick cookware,  as the best pans for you are ones with metal layers.

As is most likely stated in other Xtrema cookware reviews, this 100% ceramic product can be more expensive than other ceramic types – the ceramic coated cookware, like the T-fal Initiatives, but its durability, and its long life, as well as the healthy cooking that it offers, make it a worthwhile investment.

The thing I love the most, apart from it being a 100% natural product,  is its functionality. That is, being able to take it from stovetop to the table for serving and then to the refrigerator for storage. Consider 100% ceramic for healthy cooking, style, and versatility.


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