Being 100 percent ceramic with no potential for leaching of nasty chemicals makes Xtrema cookware one of the most eco-friendly and healthiest brands.
The Xtrema ceramic cookware design
The 15-pce Xtrema Traditions 100% ceramic cookware set oozes style and functionality. The pots are designed for cooking, serving, and storing, all in the one pot. I just love the idea 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.
This non toxic cookware is made of molded natural clay and finished with a natural ceramic glaze. It is made of lightweight ceramic, which makes the pots much lighter than cast iron types but slightly heavier than aluminum or other metal containers.
The other design feature to love about this set is its pure ceramic nature, which means it’s totally recyclable and eco-friendly. As a bonus, this quality means it will keep your food warmer than conventional containers while on the table waiting for serving. After mealtime, the remaining food can be simply covered with the lid and put in the refrigerator in the same cookware container. Voila!
There is no frying pan in the set. But, you can easily add a 100% ceramic skillet to this set like this one. Or, for fat-free frying, I recommend adding the nonstick ceramic frypan Italian-made Vesuvio, to complement this set.
Click here to see reviews and the latest prices for the Vesuvio.
The Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware is best for…
Slow cooking. But don’t be put off by that. 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.
If you want to avoid toxins and metals entering your food, then go no further than 100% ceramic cookware like this Xtrema set. There are no PTFE, PFOAs, or lead or other harmful additives, making it the safest cookware.
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.
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.
This Xtrema ceramic cookware set is said to withstand high temperatures (up to 2500 ºF), and so is ideal for oven cooking.
Thick base: 4/5
The 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: 5/5
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 stove to the kitchen bench or table.
Exterior finish: 5/5
The outer surface is hardened and is 100% non-scratch. It is a glazed ceramic finish that resists stains and will be super easy to clean.
Clear view lids: 3/5
The lids are not glass for clear viewing. But, because they are 100% ceramic they are perfect for use in the oven and resist higher temperatures than their glass counterparts. The set has loose fitting covers (lids) that work to lock in flavor while allowing the escape of excess moisture.
Oven safe: 5/5
This Xtrema ceramic pots and lids are suited to oven temperatures and can withstand temperatures up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Other features and specifications
This Xtrema cookware set is rated safe for the stove-top, oven, grill, microwave, and dishwasher. Though, I recommend you handwash to give this 100% ceramic cookware the best care. The product is handcrafted.
The 100% ceramic cookware is not only free from harmful chemicals but is entirely recyclable, being made of clay materials.
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.
The manufacturer is Ceramcor, an American company with manufacturing facilities in Southern China, where the craft of ceramics has been honed over 1000s of years.
The 100% ceramic cookware has all of the features of non-stick ceramic cookware (with the exception of rapid heating), plus more.
✓ 100% non-scratch
✓ The ceramic cast set is oven safe to 2500ºF
✓ Totally recyclable
✓ Durable and long-lasting
✓ 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*
✓ 50-year warranty against heat shock breakage during cooking and against scratching
✓ Proven to have no metals and guaranteed non-toxic
*qualities that make these preferable to other non-stick 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.
The 15-Piece set contains:
- 16-ounce sauce pan + lid
- 1-quart sauce pan + lid
- 1.5-quart sauce pan + lid
- 2.5-quart sauce pan + lid
- 2 black silicone pot holders
- 2 red silicone pot holders
- 3 piece nylon tool set
- In Midnight Black or
- Fire Brick Red
- Carton weight – 20 lbs
- 16 oz pot/cover – 2 lbs
- 2.5 Qt pot/cover – 3.85 lbs
- Pot holders 8”×8”
Can be used on stovetop, oven, microwave, toaster oven, in convection oven, steamer oven, and grill.
Care and cleaning
With proper care, this cookware set will last you a lifetime.
Cleaning instructions: Dishwasher safe, but handwash recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no need for seasoning of this product, just a soapy wash and rinse first up and you are ready to go!
Not ideal for fast heating in cooking. The set does not contain a frypan. You would need to purchase one or two frypans separately. Here’s my suggestion for fat-free frying: the Italian-made, Vesuvio. – See it here.
If you prefer an Xtrema skillet for frying or searing, you will need to spray or grease the surface with oil.Click here for reviews and the latest prices of the Xtrema skillet.
I suggest using a smidgen of grapeseed oil or other high-temperature oil. Always apply your oil first before heating the pan or skillet and add more as needed to prevent food sticking.
The handles may get hot to touch if positioned over the heat source. It is best to use the potholders supplied when lifting for safety, and position the long handles on the cooktop, so they are not over the hot element.
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 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 is its functionality, that is, being able to take it from stove top 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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Other 100% ceramic products by Xtrema
Other products by Xtrema include the 2.5 Qt Ceramic Swirl Teapot. The Swirl line is a gourmet way of brewing and serving tea blends. Because it is all ceramic, the taste is pure. See reviews and latest prices of the Swirl Teapot Xtrema Cookware here..
Another is the Xrema Stove Top Ceramic 2.5 Qt Kettle. See reviews and latest prices of the Ceramic Stove Top Kettle here.
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