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Porridge and Spurtle


This wooden stirring stick, dating back to the early 1500’s, is a kitchen utensil must have for all porridge lovers. It’s design makes it easy to handle for continuous stirring, and it’s cylindrical shape, allows the oats to be stirred without a dragging effect, which helps avoid the porridge from congealing and becoming unappetising. No one wants to eat lumpy porridge!!!!  Each year, in a small village in Scotland, porridge makers compete to become the “World Porridge Making Champion” and to win the coveted ‘Golden Spurtle’ trophy.  There are many customs and myths surrounding this infamous wooden whisking wand, some made up by mischievous Scots folk over a roaring fire with a dram in hand.  Be warned however, the most famous of the customs when using a Spurtle is you must always stir clockwise and always with your right hand….‘Least you invoke the devil’.  The spurtle is certainly no ordinary stick!!!

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 ‘The halesome parritch, chief o’ Scotia’s food’ – Robert Burns

“Oats. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.” — Samuel Johnson

why is there no monument to porridge in our land?  It’s good enough to eat, it’s good enough to stand” – Spike Milligan


  • Glass caddy with milled oats and hand made wooden spurtle.(bottle measuring 6cm x 3cm)
  • Securely enclosed by air tight, lazer engraved, wooden stopper.
  • Each caddy comes in a luxury cotton gift bag is accompanied by an Information card with historic, honourable, heartfelt and humorous facts.


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