Spurtle - hand turned oak porridge stirrer from whisky barrel stave.
Spurtle - Try a unique hand turned oak porridge stirrer made from a whisky barrel stave in Northern Ireland
8 and 10 inches in length
The spurtle is a wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths.
The rod-like shape means that porridge can be stirred without congealing and forming lumps, unlike a spoon that would have a dragging effect during stirring, and the low surface area reduces the chances of porridge sticking to the instrument.
The custom is that a spurtle should be used to stir in a clockwise direction with the right hand.