Looking for cookware that’s durable and safe for you and your family? Nonstick surfaces have a limited lifespan and metallic cooking surfaces leach metals into your food. Have a look at this healthy option: Xtrema cookware! I cover it here.
Xtrema cookware is made from all natural products, is durable and free of metals and nasty chemicals. This article reviews the 100 percent ceramic skillets made by Xtrema to help you make an informed choice for your kitchen.
Whether it’s aluminum, stainless steel, or iron (yes, even stainless steel cookware can leach metals, e.g., chromium) into your food. I wrote an article on choosing the healthiest cookware, which covers the potential risks associated with each of the different types of cookware materials.
Introducing Xtrema Healthy Ceramic Cookware
The manufacturers of Xtrema offer up their product as “the healthy alternative to metal and non-stick cookware”, containing no metals and being free of toxic chemicals.
The Xtrema all-natural ceramic cookware is oven, stovetop, and fridge safe. It is also microwave oven safe.
Xtrema Cookware Reviews – Skillets
Here, I start with skillets in the Traditions range. You’ll find the main features of this range compared to the Xtrema Versa design in my guide to Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware sets — primarily it’s the handles.
Xtrema 4.5-inch Traditions Skillet
This little 4.5″ beauty has a 4″ long handle. It weighs 1/2 lb and holds 8oz being 1.25″ deep.
I’d describe this item as a handy skillet for any kitchen and certainly one for the cook who cares about healthy eating starting with the cookware.
Cleaning and General Care
An advantage: The Xtrema 100 percent ceramic skillet features a handle molded with the pan, so there are no areas, e.g., around rivets, where grime can build up and this simplifies cleaning.
Re cleaning: It is dishwasher safe. But, I recommend hand washing to avoid damage from dishwasher arms. It’s easy to clean using a nonabrasive sponge. The entire Xtrema range is like this. And, you’ll have it ready to use without waiting for the dishwasher cycle to complete.
One thing, for longevity, take care with storing. In other words, avoid stacking and or use pot protectors.
Another: Like all pans, avoid extreme change in temperature, from hot to cold or vice versa, so as to reduce the risk of damage. In the case of ceramic and glass, this is cracking, and in the case of metal pans, warping.
Fast cooking? Yes because it uses radiant heat to cook ingredients inside and out in no time at all. Radiant heat simply means the pan radiates the heat, transferred from the source (cooking element).
So once heated the pan holds the heat, similar to cast iron skillets, which I go into in my guide on buying the best cast iron skillet.
The trick with heating this Xtrema cookware is to warm the pan for 2 minutes on low heat first. Then spray or spritz a small amount of cooking oil onto the cooking surface. A smidgen is good for health reasons, but you can add as much oil as you like or need, depending on your preferences and cooking style.
Adding water will also work if you need to keep the pan wet, e.g., with poaching an egg or wilting spinach. Tip: never add cold cold water to a hot pan. (If it is metal you risk warping it, if it is ceramic or glass you risk cracking it.)
Best Use Of The 4.5″ Ceramic Skillet
This small skillet is great for cooking items that you want to add to or accompany your main dish. For example, to toast garnishing, like coconut and pine nuts.
It is perfect for reheating leftovers for lunch and for single serving of one egg and or a sausage for breakfast.
The small size means it’s not a pan for big meals. The handle will become hot, so make sure to have pot holders handy. Durable but fragile just like your bakeware or crockpot or anything made from ceramic or glass – avoiding dropping on hard surfaces.
You will find the price matches what you’d expect to pay for a quality item.Check out the price of the 4.5-Inch Traditions Skillet at Xtrema
Xtrema 7-Inch Traditions Skillet With Lid
Another Traditions skillet, this 7″ one similarly has a 4″ long handle. Its depth is 2″ and weighs 1 1/4 lb.
Pretty much what I have stated above in terms of versatility, heating and cleaning, and general care, applies to this unit.
Best Use – Xtrema 7-Inch Traditions Skillet With Lid
This skillet is also perfect for reheating leftovers for lunch and for serving of eggs and sausages or bacon for breakfast for two.
Also great for cooking an omelette or for pancakes. Having a lid makes it ideal for holding in the steam with poached eggs or to wilt kale or spinach. A lid is also great to have for storing the food in the skillet or holding the heat in the pan while on the table for serving. The versatility of Xtrema cookware means these items can go from stove to table to refrigerator.
The Versa Range of Xtrema Skillets
The range of Xtrema skillets includes not only the Traditions but also the Versa. The main difference between the two is that the Versa features two short handles, one on each side of the skillet, while the Traditions (as the name implies) has one long handle much like a traditional skillet.
Xtrema offer a limited 10-year warranty on all its cookware. This covers you against breakage resulting from thermal shock or faulty craftsmanship.
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