Word of Mouth: Spurtle

Spurtle (also spelled "spirtle"), noun: An traditional Scottish stick used to stir porridge or oatmeal.

Have you ever seen a spurtle?

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We found this at Lee Valley, purveyor of old-fashioned and well-made traditional tools. They say that this kind of stir stick dates back to the 16th century. It's practical for stirring oatmeal because it cuts through the thick clots and prevents lumps. It's also very good for stirring sauces, soups, and stews.

We like our wooden spoons very much, and we wonder if this might be an equally indispensable (and economical) addition to our kitchen tool jar. It's oatmeal weather, after all.

Wooden spurtle, $4.50 at Lee Valley

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(Images: Lee Valley)

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