Low and Slow
The efficient, even heat conduction of ceramic means you never need to crank up the heat. Always set your gas or electric stovetops to low or low-medium temperatures. Even when you’re using a teapot or boiling liquids, medium heat is all you need. Don’t let that liquid boil away – overheating a teapot or pan can cause a thermal crack and void your warranty. Keeping it low and slow will lock in flavor and keep foods from burning or sticking.
For best results, allow your Xtrema® skillets to warm on the lowest setting for one minute on the stovetop or oven before adding food and beginning the baking, sautéing, and cooking process.
Xtrema® is not a non-stick coated surface! It may take a few days to get used to, but it’s worth it!
Once your cookware reaches the proper temperature, reduce the heat to a lower setting because pure ceramic will retain heat longer than other materials.
When frying or scrambling eggs, warm up your skillet or braiser for 2 minutes on low heat. Once the cooking surface is heated, spray with cooking oil, then turn up the heat to low medium.
Keep it Lightly Oiled
When using Xtrema® cookware, quality oil is essential! We recommend using some type of oil/fat on all Xtrema® Skillets. Saucepans or Stock Pots may need less oil, depending on the food being cooked. Make sure your cookware is lightly coated with your favorite quality oil, nonstick spray, water or liquid stock before adding and cooking food. Butter is not recommended because of its low burn temperature.
Always apply the oil after warming your pan. Never put oil in a cold pan, it will cause sticking.
A thin coating of high quality oil is all that is needed – spray or bottle.
You can also use water in place of or in addition to the oil/cooking spray to keep the pan moist. This method works great with eggs.
We recommend using a cooking spray and water while cooking rice or oatmeal in Xtrema® Saucepans and Stock Pans to prevent stickage.
We recommend not using an oil when the food is more liquid-based like a sauce or soup.
Glass Top Stove Use
Always use the lowest settings (1 or 2) when cooking with an Xtrema® Skillet. For boiling water or using an Xtrema® saucepan, use a low to medium setting. (3-5) There is no need to go above a medium setting because ceramic by nature will retain the heat. Never heat a dry skillet on medium or high heat. Heat on a low (1-2) setting for one-minute, then add your cooking spray or oil and cook on low.
To avoid scratching your glass top surface, do not slide Xtrema cookware.
Use Care with Cold
The 100% solid ceramic construction of Xtrema® cookware makes it sensitive to sudden temperature drops. To prevent sudden cracking, thaw frozen foods before adding to hot cookware and do not add cold water to a heated Xtrema® pan. Hot skillets and pots can crack if placed on a cold granite countertop or a cold glass top burner.
Wash and Dry
While Xtrema® cookware is dishwasher safe, hand washing with hot, soapy water is often the easiest way to keep your cookware clean. As needed, use abrasive cleaners like baking soda, Soft Scrub, Bon Ami and Comet, or scrub with steel wool, SOS or Brillo pads. Unlike other cookware, you don’t have to worry about scratching the durable ceramic surface! And no worries, Xtrema® will not stain or retain odors like metal and aluminum cookware.
To clean stuck-on food, add water to the pan and heat for several minutes at a low temperature. When the warm water begins to release the food residue, scrub and wash as usual.
Do not apply pressure to long handles of skillets while cleaning. Too much pressure can cause them to break.
Choose your Tools
Use only nylon, plastic, silicone, wood and bamboo utensils when cooking with Xtrema®. Metal utensils will not scratch the surface, but they may leave gray metal marks on the ceramic glaze. To remove metal marks from your Xtrema® cookware, clean with an abrasive scrub and use baking soda. We offer many choices for non-toxic, non-reactive, 100% healthy utensils.Shop utensils
Store and Stack Gently
To prevent chipping during storage, always place a soft towel or our specially designed polyester Cookware Protectors between stacked pieces of Xtrema® cookware.Shop Cookware Protectors
Use it Anywhere
The 100% ceramic craftsmanship of Xtrema® cookware gives it exceptional versatility. You can prep a dish the night before, store it in the fridge, start it on the stovetop, finish it on the oven and take it straight to the table. And when the meal is finished, place into the sink or dishwasher for cleaning! It’s purely the easiest-to-use item in your entire kitchen.
Our cookware is safe for:
Glass Top Stove
(do not slide cookware across surface – it may scratch your stove)
Not for use with an induction stove – that requires magnetic metal cookware