The QVC Product You Don’t Think You Need (but Definitely Do)
I own a gazillion spoons and spatulas. Yes, that’s a rough estimate, and I’m rounding up, but I have many (many!) containers on my counter and in my drawers overflowing with different implements for stirring and scraping and whatnot. I don’t plan on Marie Kondo-ing things anytime soon, but I definitely have favorites that I reach for over and over again. And one of my favorites is an implement that can be found in all kinds of styles and iterations on none other than QVC.
If you have not yet heard about the spurtle, then I couldn’t be more pleased to tell you about this life-changing cooking tool. If you do have a spurtle, you might not know that there are many more spurtle horizons to explore and spurtle oceans to swim in.
The spurtle! It’s not quite a spoon, and not quite a spatula; it’s somewhere in the middle, and the best of both worlds.
The spurtle can be used for the following:
- Stirring: Think: polenta, oatmeal, grits, sauces, risottos, stews, soups, eggs for scrambling, etc!
- Scooping (especially the little spurtles): Terrific for getting all of the mayo and peanut butter from the jar, or all of that dip or pesto from the food processor.
- Smashing: Crushing those whole tomatoes into sauce, smooshing avocados for guacamole, getting the skins off of garlic cloves.
- Serving: Pies, frittatas, casseroles, lasagnas, and so on.
- Spreading: Jelly on toast, sauce over pizza dough, Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet.
- Mixing: Cookie doughs, brownies, pasta salads, cake batters. Also, folding egg whites into souffles.
But while I have referred to “the” spurtle, it’s a bit misleading, because there are lots of spurtle flavors to choose from. Why don’t we dive into the many different types and sizes of spurtles available? (I’ve lost count of how many I have.)
There are two materials to choose from.
- Silicone: These are dishwasher-safe, and heat-safe up to 400°F. And there are loads of colors to choose from.
- Wooden: These are just so pretty, you wouldn’t be at all sorry to have them at the table as serving pieces. Sometimes the business end of the spurtle is plain wood while the handle sports a bright color, some of them have cool colors woven into the natural grain of the wood, and sometimes the whole wooden spurtle is left the natural color of the wood, which might be acacia, bamboo or pakka. You are supposed to hand-wash the wooden versions, but — ahem — I have washed these in the dishwasher with no ill effects. I understand that’s on me, though.
The sizes and dimensions vary, so you can find the perfect spurtle for any cooking task. They range from large to small, wide to skinny, solid to slotted. The handles feel really nice in your hand.
While you can find spurtles out in the wild, I’ve found that QVC, for some reason, has the most options. And they have sets! Below, you’ll find my two favorites (I think these prices are amazing for what you get!).
Mad Hungry 7-Piece Multi-Use Silicone Spurtle Set, $31
Choose from a color assortment, or pick your favorite hue from a selection of seven color choices. The set includes seven spurtles: one each of large wide, large solid, medium slotted wide, medium angled, medium slotted, small solid, and mini solid.
Mad Hungry 4-Piece Multi-Use Acacia Wood Spurtle Set, $22
Here, you get six different vibrant handle color choices, or you can pick natural wood. The set includes deep spurtle, medium slotted spurtle, skinny spurtle, and large solid spurtle.
But other spurtle assortments are also available, with more being added in the coming months!
So, this concludes my love letter to the spurtle. I’m now off to scrape, smoosh, stir, crush, and spread things in the kitchen.