The spurtle is a Scotch stirring utensil used for making porridge that dates back to the 15th Century. Because of its cylindrical shape, the spurtle allows the oats to be stirred without the dragging effect of the head of a wooden spoon. Not only does this prevent lumps, the spurtle’s smaller surface area also prevents the porridge from sticking to it. The benefits of porridge are myriad and pretty surprising. That oats can reduce the risk of diabetes, aid the libido, quell hangovers, heal the skin, pep up the immune system, tackle obesity, counter depression, reduce blood pressure and aid pregnancy are only a few of the claims in its favor (and let's face it, if it even just does a couple of those things we'll eat more of it.). Interesting side note- legend has it that when using a spurtle you must always stir clockwise and always with your right hand "lest you invoke the devil". Fair warning... Though controversy rages on this front, we have it on good authority that the correct way to hold your spurtle is with the shaped end in your hand and the smooth rounded end placed in the Porridge. Also great for soups and sauces.