Cooking with Xtrema Ceramic Cookware
04.05.13 Cooking with Xtrema Ceramic Cookware
Since Teflon pans have been relegated to the very back burner, this leaves many folks wondering "what's the alternative?" And "how do I know which product to choose?" We certainly understand this confusion and the hesitation about switching to a new way of cooking. It's a common feeling that we grow attached to certain methods of cooking, our cooking tools and the way our favorite foods taste.
You've probably heard of clay pans (yup, we're giving one away below but keep reading about why you'd want one!) making their way into kitchens as a healthy replacement for Teflon. More and more, people are replacing non-stick cookware (which is lined with harmful chemicals - read here for more info on Teflon) for non-reactive cookware made of inherently safe materials like clay and glass. Ceramic cookware is inert and emits a far-infrared heat, an effective and beneficial heat for cooking, enabling a full range of subtle flavors to emerge.
Non-stick surfaces are metal pans (typically aluminum) coated with a synthetic polymer (PTFE i.e Teflon) and labeled with a warning to consumers to AVOID cooking at high temperatures. Why? Cooking in Teflon at medium to high temperatures releases a harmful toxic gas called PFOA that can easily kill a pet bird (if kept in the kitchen) from the fumes. Honestly, how would you really know if the heat was high enough to be releasing toxic fumes? And who wants to be thinking or worrying about this while making your family's dinner?!
What are the benefits of cooking with ceramic cookware?
- Healthy: Zero trace metals or chemicals leaching from cooking surfaces like PFOA.
- Versatile: Oven, stovetop, broiler, freezer, barbeque grill, microwave and dishwasher.
- High Temperature Cooking: withstands temperatures up to 2700 degrees F.
- Green: Made using natural gas, clay and water.
- Durable: Cannot be scratched even by metal utensils and industrial wool.
- Practical: Foods stay hotter longer and pans are easy to clean with smooth surface.
- Tasty: Ceramic cooking enhances food flavor.
The Skillets: Xtrema has 2 different sized skillets. The smaller, 6.5" ceramic skillet is perfect for individual servings and is relatively lightweight making it a terrific go-to skillet for everyday cooking. The larger 10" ceramic skillet comes with a silicone sleeve on the handle. Both skillets are made in a press mold where the air pockets (in clay) are compressed, making the skillet durable.
It takes 20 days to complete the production cycle of a skillet and the skillet itself is taken through a multitude of steps (by many skilled artisans). This process begins with an initial press molding, followed by a slow air-drying, a careful cleaning to smooth out any imperfections in the clay, the 1st firing (called a bisque firing), a follow-up sponge bath so the skillet is absolutely free of any dust for the glaze to adhere correctly, 2 layers of non-toxic glaze applied; both dipped and sprayed, a 2nd glaze firing to a higher temperature and a final 3rd firing at a lower temperature for the brand's label and a glaze application to the bottom of the pan.
And YES, we have a 3 pc skillet to GIVE AWAY! The giveaway includes a 10" ceramic skillet, a tight-fitting ceramic lid and a silicone skillet handle.
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