A Kitchen Witch is a puppet or homemade doll resembling a witch displayed in home kitchens. A Kitchen Witch provides good luck and wards off bad spirits!
Did she come from Norway or Germany? There is some debate over the exact country in which the kitchen witch originated, some claiming Norway and others Germany, but consensus points to it stemming from older European customs.
The kitchen witch is supposed to depict a “good” witch who inspires productivity and safety in a kitchen, but also counteracts any ill-will directed to the home. It is considered good luck to give a kitchen witch to a friend or family member. For those unfamiliar with the kitchen witch, a note will sometimes be hung around the witch’s neck stating something similar to:
For centuries, people have hung this good witch in their kitchen. They believe she has the power to keep roasts from burning, pots from boiling over, and sauces from spilling.“