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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Has cast iron finally met its match?

So apparently there's a new type of cookware on the market, called Ceramcor Xtrema, which claims to be better than cast iron.

This is a special type of ceramic cookware that boasts the same benefits cast iron does, such as heat retention, non-stick, scratch proof, versatility.

"It's attractive enough to be used as servingware!" So is cast iron.

Apparently, this cookware is also microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe, as well as oven, stovetop, and barbecue grill safe.

Now, my first thought is, while the pan itself might be freezer safe, how do you prevent freezer burn? Is there a separately sold accessory to seal the lid onto the skillet? The website isn't clear on that.

And why would you want to use your cookware as freezer storage? Don't you want to leave it free for cooking?

My second thought is, can it be used on a propane burner? Those generate more heat than a barbecue grill. What about an open fire?

My third thought is, what about food flavor? Food cooked in cast iron always tastes better.

There's a 50 year warranty against cracking due to extreme heat or cold. Which tells me that it is a possibility. While a warranty is nice, you still have to go without your cookware while waiting for a replacement.

And the warranty does not cover accidental breakage due to impact, which tells me that this cookware is fragile.

And don't even ask about the price... wow.

Though I tend to be skeptical of company claims, I'm sure this is good quality cookware. Yes, you do have to season cast iron; No, you can't put it in the dishwasher or microwave; Yes, it can rust if you don't towel try immediately after washing.

And, no, you shouldn't put cast iron in the freezer. Does anybody put cookware in the freezer?

If those factors matter enough to you, to justify spending an exorbitant amount of money with no guarantee that it will last, then go for it.

I'm sticking to cast iron.

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