Shakespeare immortalized the phrase, “To be or not to be? That is the…”But wait, allow me to interrupt. When you have cooked to perfection a cut of meat, say a hamlet, and want a side dish of eggs and mushrooms scrambled together; the real question is, “To spurtle or to spoon?”A spurtle fits your hand and forms a natural extension unrivaled by a spoon. It is equally at home scrambling eggs or stirring your breakfast porridge.
I suspect that the spurtle predates the spoon by some number of generations. Probably the spoon was invented by some spurtle-wielding cook grown tired of trying to dip out a bowl of soup. Then in our zeal to economize, we thought to make shift with a spoon alone.
Inherent in the question, “To spurtle or to spoon?” is the rediscovery of which promotes natural movements. Using a spurtle means using the joints of the arm in a natural motion. Spooning causes the wrist to move in a repetitively circular motion. So save your joints and spurtle after this.
If you are not able to turn your own spurtle, contact me for details on how to order. Cost: $25.00 plus shipping.
Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book