A simple, unassuming kitchen tool, the spurtle is one hot ticket. The wooden spoon/spatula may not be part of your usual utensil set, but it's a favorite of "Mad Hungry" host Lucinda Scala Quinn for its ease of use and versatility. Here, a primer on the spurtle.

What is a spurtle?

The flat wooden utensil developed in Scotland was originally used to stir porridge and prevent it from becoming lumpy. It is still used for this purpose today, and is part of a high-profile porridge contest in Scotland where the winner receives a golden spurtle.

What else is it used for?

On "Mad Hungry" TV, Lucinda uses this handy item to stir everything from meat to vegetables to cake batter. Its slightly curved edge makes it perfect for reaching into the sides of pans.

How to Use the Spurtle

Watch the spurtle in action as Lucinda makes a hashbrown egg topper.

Resources

The spurtle is available at Spoonmaker and Kitchen Carvers.

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Comments (3)

Anonymous
July 5, 2018
I purchased the multi colored silicone set at Sams. Love them - however the purple one has already broken. How can I get it replaced?
Anonymous
September 16, 2012
I, as well as other woodturners(makers of spurtles), wood disagree. spurtles are the fore runner for the spatula. There is no flat surface. A spatula has the flat surface. Harder to make.
lam51464
February 9, 2017
You are correct Mr. Jenkins. The tool used for the Golden Spurtle is basically a rod with traditionally a thistle carving on top. The tool being used in the video is a Couthie Spurtle and is used for oat cakes etc...but never porridge.