My youngest child likes to help me in the kitchen. I often let her pick recipes from cookbooks or from Pinterest, and she tends to pick things I might not choose on my own, like homemade bread dough pockets stuffed with ham and cheese. While kneading and rolling out the dough, I realized we needed a better work surface.
Enter Aldi’s Crofton Silicone Pastry Mat.
This mat is a Special Buy (ALDI Find). It measures 25 by 18 inches (63.5 by 45.7 centimeters), is BPA free, and features a metric and imperial side, with a “nonstick surface for easy kneading, rolling and cleaning. It also rolls up so it can be stored easily in a cabinet or drawer.
The mat has a chart for approximate metric weight equivalents, converting ounces to grams. It also has approximate metric volume equivalents converting teaspoons and cups to milliliters, cups to liters, and gallons to quarts. It converts inches to centimeters and has approximate U.S. measurement equivalents for teaspoons, tablespoons, and cups. Finally, it features several circles to help get your dough or pie crust to exactly the right size, ranging from four inches to 18 inches in diameter. It also has inch and centimeter measurements along the perimeter of the mat.
If you care about reading the measurements, I recommend using this mat on a white or light-colored counter or table. The mat’s inner layer is a woven, white checkered-type of material that shows under the printed measurements and makes them especially difficult to read on brown, black, or other dark-colored surfaces.
Honestly, while the measurements are cool, I am mostly interested in the work surface this mat provides. I can easily look up measurements and equivalents online, so any difficulty reading them on the mat doesn’t bother me much.
Instructions inside the packaging recommend washing the new mat with warm soapy water, rinsing, and drying with a towel before use. It also recommends removing items from the mat before cutting them because cutting the mat will expose its fiberglass core. Also, do not use your mat in the oven (obviously), and do not use steel wool, metal scouring pads, or abrasive cleaners.
The packaging says the mat is dishwasher safe, but the mat itself is printed with a warning saying not to put it in the dishwasher and to hand wash only. Regardless of how you wash it, be sure to dry it thoroughly before rolling it up and storing it.
Aldi’s Crofton Silicone Pastry Mat provides a good, large work surface when working with pastry or dough. Some of the printed measurements may be hard to read depending on whether your counter is light- or dark-colored (it’s easier to read on a white counter). Overall, this isn’t bad for the price.