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. For a healthy option why not consider a 100% ceramic skillet by Xtrema…
This article reviews the 100 percent ceramic skillets made by Xtrema. For info on the Xrema cookware brand, see my article on their 100 percent ceramic cookware designs.
Why choose an Xtrema frying pan?
The earliest use of ceramic cookware dates back tens of thousands of years, indicating the tried and tested suitability of ceramic as a safe cookware material.
Xtrema cookware is made from ceramic. Their pans are made of an all-natural product, are durable, and free of metals and nasty chemicals.
The manufacturers of Xtrema offer up their product as “the healthy alternative to metal and non-stick cookware” as it contains no metals and is free of toxic chemicals.
Pure ceramic, as used in Xtrema frying pans, means no metals leaching into your food while cooking. The glaze is lead-free and of food-grade quality. It’s fired to make the surface tough – so no scratches are likely from even your sharpest knife.
With aluminum, stainless steel, or cast iron cookware, minute amounts of metals may leach into the food being cooked (yes, even stainless steel cookware can leach metals, e.g., chromium). My article on choosing the healthiest cookware covers the potential risks associated with each of the different types of cookware materials.
Another good reason to choose Xtrema all-natural ceramic cookware is that their pieces are oven, stovetop, and fridge safe as well as microwave oven safe and dishwasher safe.
Also, their 100% ceramic skillet range can go from stovetop to oven to table and then onto the refrigerator for storing leftovers if need be.
They are so versatile. You can use them for baking, roasting, broiling, searing, and sautéing your food – basically all the methods for cooking meat and vegetables, and more.
Cooking with 100% pure ceramic frying pan
The trick with cooking with an Xtrema frying pan is to warm the pan for a couple of minutes on low heat, 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.
The Xtrema cookware is heat resistant to very high temperatures and so you don’t have the worry with using high heat for frying as you would when using nonstick cookware. I cover this in my guide on how to use and care for nonstick cookware.
Once heated, these pure ceramic frying pans hold the heat and so save on power usage. This is similar to the process with cast iron skillets, as explained in my buyer’s guide for the best cast-iron skillet.
All pieces in the Xtrema frying pan range use radiant heat to cook ingredients inside and out. Radiant heat means the pan radiates (or distributes) the heat from the cooking element. This compares with induction heating. And so, being 100% ceramic, the Xtrema frying pans aren’t compatible cookware, in case you’re wanting cookware for an induction cooktop.
They can be used on all cooktops apart from induction types.
Xtrema frying pan reviews
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.
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.)
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- to 10-inch Traditions skillets with lids
These Traditions skillets have long handles.
Pretty much what I have stated above in terms of versatility, heating and cleaning, and general care, applies to these units.
These skillets are also perfect for reheating leftovers for lunch and for serving eggs and sausages or bacon for breakfast. They are also great for cooking an omelette or for pancakes.
The difference is they are bigger and having a lid makes them ideal for holding in the steam with poached eggs or to wilt kale or spinach etc.
A lid is also great to have for storing 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.
Versa range 100% ceramic 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.
These are also referred to as braiser pans…
The great thing about these is you can use them to bake, broil, sear, sauté and then serve your food at the dining table, and even store left overs in the same container in the refrigerator for later.
Check out the Versa range of ceramic skillets (AKA braiser pans)
Frying With Pure Ceramic Cookware
The 100% ceramic cookware is not entirely non-stick however with slight greasing of the pan needed.
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.
These are good cookware sets for slow cooking and for cooking, serving, and storing in the one vessel = less to clean. Because they heat slower than metal pans of stainless steel or aluminum, you will need to allow a few minutes more for this heating when cooking. They will also retain their heat longer than the conventional metal pans.
The perfect egg done in an Xtrema frying pan
The following video shows the perfect egg done in a Versa 100% ceramic skillet…
Cleaning and general care of Xtrema frying pans
An advantage: The Xtrema 100 percent ceramic skillets have handles molded with the pan, so there are no areas around rivets that collect grime. This is so much better for hygiene and simplifies clean up.
Xtrema frying pan designs are dishwasher safe. But, I recommend hand washing to avoid damage from dishwasher arms. They are easy to clean using a nonabrasive sponge. 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; otherwise, you may want to look at using pot protectors, either using towels, paper, or buying these ready made.
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.
Xtrema offers 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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