A Nod to the Spurtle
A taditional Spurtle with thistle shaped decoration
Speaking of all things porridge today, we thought it would be rude not to give a nod to the famous Spurtle. Dating from the fifteenth century, the Spurtle is a kitchen utensil of Scottish origin. It's primary use is to prevent the formation of lumps in soup, porridge, stews and broths.
The spurtle has a rod-like form, and is low in surface area, which prevents lumps from forming, unlike the shape of a spoon, which creates a dragging effect.
Modern day Spurtle, featuring a smooth top
Traditionally, a Spurtle would be made from wood. It is common for beech wood to be used in the UK. Cherry wood is common in the USA and, in Canada, the use of maple wood.
Available in a range of sizes, the traditional spurtle has a thistle shaped decoration at the top. Modern day spurtles, however, generally feature a smooth top.
If you were as excited as us, by the world porridge making championships, or you simply want to try a broth with a difference, why not add a Spurtle to your kitchen utensil collection? If you are considering this unique tool, remember, also, the traditional custom - a Spurtle should be used in a clockwise direction with the right hand to stir.