Mystery Implement, kitchen edition
April 16, 2013 8:17 AM   Subscribe

Going through our kitchen gadget drawer, we can across what looks like nothing so much as a wand. It has a label on it that says it's from Scotland. What is this thing?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Probably a muddler of some kind.
posted by tau_ceti at 8:19 AM on April 16, 2013


Spurtle.
posted by hmo at 8:21 AM on April 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


Yeah, spurtle. It's for stirring oatmeal.
posted by rmless at 8:24 AM on April 16, 2013


Holy cow. New learnings. Thank you.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:28 AM on April 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Though I would point out that they are these days generally decorative/souvenirs. I've never met someone who has actually used a spurtle for porridge. We have spoons.
posted by Coobeastie at 9:52 AM on April 16, 2013


Not only can I confirm that the implement in question is a spurtle, I also know someone who has used one for its intended purpose: my brother in law regularly competes in The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship. However, I think he prefers to stir his porridge with a spon (sic).
posted by ZipRibbons at 11:25 AM on April 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Coobeastie: "Though I would point out that they are these days generally decorative/souvenirs. I've never met someone who has actually used a spurtle for porridge. We have spoons."

Anecdata - we have one and use it, as does every member of my family. Might be selection bias, but I swear porridge made with a spurtle comes out smoother.
posted by Happy Dave at 11:51 AM on April 16, 2013


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