Spurtles; not for porridge anymore

Is it a utensil or a work of art? We say both, but you be the judge.

According to various sources, the spurtle, or spurdle, is a Scottish wooden stirring stick dating back to the 15th century used to stir porridge. That’s oatmeal for us American folk… maybe even grits for those of us of the southern persuasion. There is even a Golden Spurtle Porridge competition still held in the old world today. Regardless, each time I go to the shop, about once or twice a week, I can’t resist picking up one of our masterfully made spurtles and with a flip and swish trying to summon more customers to the shop like a first-year wizard at Hogwarts… no sparks have flown out the end yet.

Our spurtles, made right here in Monument, are quite the conversation piece, but apparently there just aren’t many porridge eaters around here for every inquisitor admires the weight and feel of these old-world utensils and puts them down when they learn of their purpose. Well let me tell you, today’s spurtle ain’t just for oatmeal anymore. For example, take homemade oatmeal raisin cookies, oatmeal in its greatest form. Forget the wire whisk! It’s impossible to get that flimsy wire through that gooey goodness, not to mention you lose half your mix in the mesh. And a plastic spoon is fine if you like doughy oatmeal raisin balls, but with the spurtle you get a perfect mix for perfect oatmeal raisin cookies with just the right amount of raisins in each one. Not to mention a spurtle makes a great attitude adjuster when there are too many chefs in the kitchen, or greedy little hands trying to steal your oatmeal raisin cookies.

So what would you use a spurtle for? Come in and let your spurtle chose you, we have maple, walnut, cherry and others. And while you are at it, you might as well pick up some of our cookie and bread mixes to really put your spurtle to the test.

Spurtles at the ready!
Mike

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