A spurtle is a Scottish cooking tool made from wood. These tools have a long history in Scotland dating back to the 15th century — possibly earlier.
Over the centuries, the shape of the spurtle evolved into a round stick-like tool used for making porridge. A spurtle is used instead of a spoon to keep from tearing apart or crushing the oats. It can be used for constant stirring, helping to prevent large lumps from forming in the oatmeal.