Scottish Spurtle #1
Kahikatea Spurtle with milk painted "thistle". 290mm L
The spurtle is a traditional Scottish cooking utensil originating from the 15th century used as a stirrer for porridge, soups, stews and broths. I have also used it for custard. The top is shaped like a Scotch Thistle.
Why use a spurtle? The main reason for using a spurtle is to prevent lumps forming during the process of cooking. Due to its cylindrical shape, the spurtle allows the oats etc to be stirred without the dragging effect of the head of a wooden spoon. Not only does this prevent lumps, the spurtle’s smaller surface area also prevents the food from sticking to it.
A great kitchen aid which can become an indispensable, versatile, beautiful, cooking utensil. I use mine almost daily!