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Blog entry by scottb posted 03-17-2007 06:11 PM 755 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now I have a pair of tongs and a pair of spurtles right next to the stove. Why do I seem to be making my own tools in pairs?

At least I think I’ll get more use out of the tongs than the (so far unused) spurtles. At least they were educational when I was learning how to turn them!

I won’t stop at two tongs though. I have a pair of whisk style tongs with plastic handles that have broken. I should be able to epoxy the business end of the tool into a matching oak handle. Then I’ll get some new life out of an otherwise useful tool, that just won’t stay closed!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 03-17-2007 09:21 PM

I had to research “Spurtle” to find out what it was used for. We have cooked outmeal almost every morning. I might just have to try one of these to see if it makes a difference. We’ve already done the two-bowl way of eating oatmeal. That system definitely makes a difference.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#2 posted 03-18-2007 03:05 AM

you can use the back end of a wooden spoon instead of the spurtle. They’re traditional scottish tools for cooking. I know there is a legitimate reason to use one, Alton Brown explained it on the Food Network, but I’ve since forgotten why. Two bowl method?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#3 posted 03-18-2007 03:24 AM

when I looked it up, it said that the spurtle doesn’t crush the oatmeal grains.

Two bowls: 1 with the hot oatmeal and 1 with the cold milk. You did your spoon into the oatmeal and then into the cold milk. This way the cold milk is always cold for your next spoonful and the mixture of the hot and cold is very pleasing as opposed to “boring” hot oatmeal and ewww warm milk. It really does taste different. Oh and I think that you have to dip the spoon into the milk and scoop it away from you and you have to stir the oatmeal while cooking, only using your right hand and stirring counterclockwise or something like that. It was quite fascinating. The 2 bowl method is worth a try!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 03-18-2007 05:21 AM

Thanks for looking up what a spurtleis used for, Debbie.

Scott, sounds like you’ve caught the woodturning bug! Congradulations! Those are nice. Before you know it you’ll be breaking plastic handles so you can replace them with some fine wood ones. ;^)

-- Jesus is Lord!

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scottb

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#5 posted 03-18-2007 05:27 AM

Well Os, I’ve been cutting the handles off screwdrivers to put on wooden ones, why stop there? ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#6 posted 03-18-2007 05:51 AM

I see no reason to stop, unless you get too exhausted! LOL. GO FOR IT!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 03-18-2007 12:09 PM

I can see your family members hiding their belongings!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 03-18-2007 02:26 PM

scottb.

I stare in amusement at what you can create as a woodturner. I am so void of any talent as a woodturner or carver.

Well I’m sure you could add a lot of other things to the talentless list.

I just want to tip my hat to your craft and work. I am very impressed.

-- Dusty

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#9 posted 03-18-2007 02:31 PM

gotta love “outta the box thinkers”
My hat, too, is off!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 11-20-2007 09:43 PM

saw this in the latest Lee Valley Newsletter and immediately thought of you, Scott!
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-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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