The all ceramic cookware will last you a lifetime with care. But like all items you value, you want to make sure you get to enjoy them as best you can. Here are my tips on the best things to cook in 100% ceramic cookware.
Before you use it the first time, make sure to hand wash it in warm water with a dash of mild detergent, then rinse. Unlike solid cast iron cookware, you don’t need to season solid ceramic cookware.
The surface of the cookware is durable and easy to clean. Note: Although dishwasher safe, but I always recommend handwashing. It’s important to avoid sudden changes in temperature with your cookware. It’s best not to pour cold water or place the cookware in cold water when hot. Allow to cool first.
Having a hardened surface 100% ceramic cookware won’t scratch from metal utensils when stirring but you may get gray marks (the ceramic is tougher than the metal alloy). Use wooden, bamboo or the like when cooking with ceramic cookware.
After you’ve used the ceramic pots, they are best stored separately with the matching lid placed upside-down on the respective pot. This will avoid incidental damage.
Cooking with 100 percent ceramic pots and pans
People have been using pure ceramic pots for the preparation of foods since around 4,000 BC.1 Archeological finds of pots, with fish and shellfish residue, date back to this time.
This type of cookware heats slower but retains the heat longer than modern metal pans of stainless steel or aluminum.
In today’s world, it’s the perfect cookware for slow cooking, baking, or microwaving.
You can enjoy cooking everything from eggs, meat, oatmeal, to vegetables in this cookware.
One thing to note is that the 100% ceramic type of cookware is not entirely non-stick. A slight greasing, however, is all you need to get cooking.
When using, allow this cookware to preheat for a few minutes before adding ingredients.
Health benefits of using ceramic cookware
With no toxins or metals in the 100% ceramic, you get a pure taste. There’s no metals to taint the taste and you get to enjoy the wholesomeness of the food instead.
I write more about the health benefits of ceramic in my guide on ceramic cookware. The Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware I write about is especially a healthy choice in cookware, although it will cost you more than most metal cookware.
When not to use 100 percent ceramic cookware
Frying with pure ceramic cookware
A smidgen of grapeseed oil or other high-temperature oil or fat works best when frying eggs or shallow frying bacon in an Xtrema skillet.
Always apply the oil or fat before heating the cookware. You can always add more as needed to prevent food from sticking.
Frying eggs in an Xtrema ceramic skillet
Some people might think that 100% ceramic is no good for frying or searing. This video shows how fried eggs can be perfectly done in a 100% ceramic skillet.
Best things to cook in pure ceramic cookware
Pure ceramic cookware is best for slow cooking of foods and hot oven use. It’s also suited to microwave cooking. Pure ceramic cookware is suited to baking, boiling, and steaming, which are healthy ways of cooking.2
Use this non-reactive cookware to cook the types of food that are acidic. The ceramic pots are perfect as they are metal-free.
Slow cooking with ceramic
Nothing beats a wholesome meal that’s been slow-cooked. A one pot meal makes clean up so much easier also.
Slow cooking locks in flavor and nutrition and this is such a healthy way of preparing meals. Things to slow cook in a ceramic pot include stews and casseroles.
Cooks who are short on time might prefer a ceramic crockpot, where they can set it and leave it to cook on auto, to gain the benefits of slow cooking.
Oven cooking with ceramic
You can put 100% ceramic pots and pans in the oven up to very high temperatures.
The great thing is that, because they are 100% ceramic, they resist higher temperatures than a lot of other cookware.
Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware is said to withstand temperatures up to 2500 ºF.
Things to cook in a ceramic pot in the oven includes casseroles, pies, baked vegetables, potato bake, and basically anything you can cook in bakeware.
Microwave cooking with ceramic
As the ceramic pots have no metal, they are microwave-safe. Things to cook in ceramic cookware in a microwave include risotto, frittata, bacon, fresh vegetables, and more.
My favorite risotto recipe for the microwave:
- 200g risotto rice,
- 1 1/2 cups water or stock,
- 1/2 cup milk,
- 7 oz (180 g) mushrooms,
- 2 eggs,
- 1 chopped onion,
- 2 oz (50 g) frozen peas,
- 4 oz (100 g) grated cheese,
- and salt and pepper to taste.
Add all ingredients to a good-sized microwavable ceramic pot and mix well. Put the bowl in the oven and cook covered for 5-10 minutes. After cooking stir and let sit for another 5-10 minutes.
You may have to adjust the timing to suit your microwave.
How to best use 100 percent ceramic cookware
Here I cover five design features of 100% ceramic cookware and what they mean for your cooking style.
Xtrema cookware, a popular ceramic cookware brand in the US, provides a good example.
The features include a thick flat base, no metal layers, molded handles, glazed exterior, and a solid nontransparent lid…
What Xtrema 100 ceramic cookware means for your cooking style
A thick flat base, with no metal layers, means the base of the cookware will heat slower than aluminum or stainless steel. If you are used to cooking with the metal pots and pans, this may take a little time to get accustomed to.
Molded handles of ceramic mean there are no rivets or screws to work loose over time and so you’ll feel secure in handling these. It also means you don’t have to worry about any build up of grime in these places or food residue collecting there. This is a plus when cleaning.
Because they aren’t Bakelite like a lot of traditional sets, the handles may get hot to touch when you are cooking with these.
Moving the long handles so they are not over the heating element will help.
But, in general, use potholders or a towel when transferring the pot from the stove to sink or bench or in maneuvering in general.
The finish on the Xtrema set is food-safe glazed ceramic, which will resist stains and be super easy to clean.
The surface is hardened and so won’t scratch but you may find gray marks from using metal utensils. These will disappear, but I recommend you use bamboo, wooden or other non-abrasive utensils to avoid metals leaving remnants on your cookware.
You will need to lift the lids if you want to see the food cooking as the lids are made of pure ceramic and not see-through.
I find glass lids collect condensation and hinder the view anyway.
The lids are loose-fitting, designed to allow excess moisture to escape while locking in the flavor.
There are many ways and many things you can cook in 100% ceramic cookware.
If you are one for healthy eating, you may want to consider 100% ceramic cookware as an essential for your kitchen. This is where healthy eating starts…the cookware. You might also want to consider 100% ceramic cookware for the mere fact it’s a greener choice for your kitchen.
If you were impressed by the frying of eggs in the ceramic skillet about, check out my review on Xtrema 100% ceramic skillets.
You may also like to know about Xtrema ceramic teapots.