Cook your porridge
like a true Scot.
The spurtle has a long history in Scotland
where it was used to stir the oats as they
softened slowly in the pot. Today's oatmeal
doesn't take nearly as long to cook, but why not
keep in touch with tradition and use a spurtle
anyway? And apart from cooking your
morning bowl of oatmeal, it will find many other
uses in your kitchen.
Your wooden spurtle won't
scratch your pots
No need to worry about scratching pots or
pans with cookware made from wood! And that's
not all. Recent studies have found that wood
contains chemicals that fight bacterial growth.
Your spurtle is easy to care for
Just wash your spurtle in warm soapy water
and leave it to dry thoroughly.
If you wish, you may occasionally wipe your
spurtle with a little mineral oil to renew the
finish. I don't recommend using cooking oils as
some types can go rancid.
Handcrafted from fine local
I handcraft these spurtles from hard maple
and finish them with mineral oil. This
contemporary design is about 12 inches long.
Each spurtle is accompanied by a
brochure, "The Spurtle Times'', which is full of
information I have researched about spurtles and porridge.
Spurtle vs Spoon
One of the questions I get asked
a lot, is why use a spurtle rather than a wooden
spoon. Well, I'm no expert, but the
Porridge Lady says
"I use a Spurtle when making oatmeal
Porridge. I find that the large surface area of
a spoons head tends to drag through oatmeal.
With a Spurtle I can almost whisk through the
cooking Porridge which stops lumps from
Porridge and oatmeal and spurtles, oh my! -
"Once you’ve used a spurtle for making your
oatmeal, though, I can promise you that you’ll
never go back to regular spoons"
Spurtles make for prize porridge -
Chronicle Herald, October 30, 2011 - "My
favourites are the 33-centimetre maple
spurtles handcrafted at Seafoam Woodturning
Studio near River John by owner and
woodworker Derek Andrews."
Spurtle - "It is such a lovely,
beautifully made tool and I am just thrilled
with it! "
Holiday Maple Wood Oatmeal Spurtles? -
"Seafoam Woodturning Studio makes about the most
lovely oatmeal stirrers, called a spurtle on
this side of the Atlantic."
Your Final Friday KISS - The Spurtle! -
If your appetite for spurtle-lore and all things
oatmeal still isn't satisfied, check out
The Tradition and Trivia of Scottish Porridge
from Seafoam Woodturning.
More information about spurtles
Tradition and Trivia of spurtles and
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equally well to spurtles and some tips here I
haven't tried myself.