On October 11th, team Bob’s Red Mill will be competing in an oatmeal championship in the small village of Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands. The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship draws people from all over Scotland, the UK, the United States to compete for the title of World Oatmeal Champion.
Our team will compete in two categories- best traditional porridge, using salt, water and steel cut oats, and best original porridge where we will enter our Oregon Orchard Oat Brûlée. Our specialty porridge contains four distinct Oregon ingredients- Bartlett pears, dried cherries, hazelnuts and Pear Eau de Vie from Clear Creek Distillery- and is topped with a candied sugar topping.
Bob’s Red Mill has long held the honor of providing the best oatmeal in the country and been praised by customers and chefs alike for chewy, hearty oats. It is time to pit our oats against other champions and bring home the title of Golden Spurtle Champion.
What is a spurtle anyways? A Scottish kitchen tool dating back to the 15th century, a spurtle is a rod-like stirring stick that is traditionally used to prevent porridge from becoming lumpy. Tradition also dictates that the porridge be stirred clockwise with the right hand to ward off evil spirits during cooking. You can read more about spurtles here.
This week, I’m giving away our first spurtle kit- a lovely myrtle spurtle and a package of steel cut oats. I will randomly select a winner from all who comment on this blog post. Not sure what to say? Wish Matt luck! Winner will be announced on Friday. Watch for giveaways next week.