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Kitchen witches

Updated on February 27, 2015

The kitchen witch is a good witch.

A kitchen witch came into my life more than three decades ago in the form of a gift from a young friend named Sarah. When I first saw it I did not know what to think. She told me that I was supposed to display the kitchen witch in my kitchen so it would bring me good luck in my cooking endeavors. Cakes will rise, stews and roasts will be tender, no simmering pots will boil over, no toast will be burned. These were the good spells the kitchen witch will cast upon the heart of my home, which is the kitchen. All I can say is, little Sarah had wished me well all these years and my kitchen has been productive and created happy and contented family members and friends.

Source Wikipedia

A kitchen witch, sometimes called a cottage witch or a "Scandinavian" kitchen witch doll, is a poppet or homemade doll resembling a stereotypical witch or crone displayed in residential kitchens as a means to provide good luck and ward off bad spirits.


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 poppet 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. So that those unfamiliar with the kitchen witch can understand its meaning, sometimes a note will be hung around the witch's neck stating something similar to:

"The Legendary Secret of Goof-Proof Cooking: The Famous Kitchen Witch

For centuries, Norwegians 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."

In England

Although largely unknown in modern England, the Kitchen Witch may have been known in England in Tudor times. The will of a John Crudgington, of Newton, Worfield, Shropshire, dated 1599, includes amongst his household possessions "one witche in the kytchyn".

An ode to the kitchen witch

A kitchen witch she brings good spells

Over sauces and simmering stews

She watches the fire and casseroles

Rising breads and coffee brews.

No dinners will burn or plans miscarry

Good fortune will pervade in the home

The kitchen witch she sits on her broom

So no harm will come from the unknown.

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A kitchen witch's pledge

"I am a kitchen witch riding my broom

Love and affection I bring to your room

Pots boiling over are a thing of the past

With my kind of magic

Good fortune will last."

Meet my kitchen witch friends who make sure no cauldrons will boil over.

Pastry chef kitchen witch


Who says kitchen witches are only females. This French pastry chef riding on the wire whisk egg beater will prove us wrong. He does not need to fly through the air with the greatest of ease on a broomstick. He brings good spells riding on his latest kitchen gadget to whip up a perfect souffle.

The broomstick is passe. - Not a Broom-Hilda


The modern day kitchen witch has done away with the broomstick and her wart. This bespectacled contemporary kitrchen witch is ready to cast some goof-proof baking spells.

Kitchen witches for your kitchen all year round - Lucky spells for fool-proof cooking

Kitchen witches are your good witches and have been popular in Europe for years.

OOAK Mabon Spirit, Kitchen Witch assemblage art doll Shaby Chic Decor
OOAK Mabon Spirit, Kitchen Witch assemblage art doll Shaby Chic Decor

This folksy art hand-signed doll is not a toy and not meant for children to play with. It is handmade with natural materials from Mother Earth, like shells, fiber, and is a perfect kitchen witch to bring all the luck and protection to your kitchen and home.


Buy as a gift for Halloween for yourself or a friend - Spinkle magic in the kitchen

Hang these delightful kitchen witches in a corner of your kitchen for goof-proof cooking. No more burnt toast and boil overs. Who would not want culinary magic and perfect meals every time?

Apple head kitchen witch with baked goods - Bountiful and plentitude


This handmade and adorable kitchen witch has a basketful of bagels, baguettes, breakfast Danish pastries. She does not need a broom or a wire whisk to ride on. I fell in love with this apple head kitchen witch standing on the shelf of a specialty store and had to have it. Unfortunately dried fruits, like this apple head doll will continue to shrivel up and darken after being exposed to light after many years. But the joy and good spirits that it has brought my kitchen cannot be measured.

Goof-proof your kitchen - Let these kitchen witches sprinkle magic

Hang these delightful kitchen witches in a corner of your kitchen for goof-proof cooking. No more burnt toast and boil overs. Who would not want culinary magic in the kitchen?

Kitchen Witchery Links

Some who hear the term "Kitchen Witch" may think that this is a magickal art confined only to the kitchen or cooking, but in actuality being a Kitchen Witch encompasses so much more. Very simply put, it is about finding the sacred in everyday tasks, no matter how mundane they may appear to be. It is also about working with the energies of nature to make the home a secure and sacred place.

Have you ever heard of kitchen witch dolls? - Let me know you flew by.

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    • KamalaEmbroidery profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this entertaining lens. I'd never heard of kitchen witches But I can be such a klutz in the kitchen, I need one!

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      6 years ago

      I invented the good luck kitchen witch and wrote the poem

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      6 years ago

      i got my kitchen witch when I lived in Germany in 1992 she has moved with my family all over the world.

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @PennyHowe: There can never be to many kitchen witches, each one is so unique and has a character all its own.

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @winter aconite: La Befana, the old Italian woman with magical powers. How cool is that. My first kitchen witch was a gift from a friend but it does not have a name. You just gave me an idea. I will name it Sarah, after my friend.

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      winter aconite 

      6 years ago

      I have one and she's called La Befana. I've had her since I was a child and love her dearly!!!!

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I think every kitchen needs a kitchen witch to goof-proof all meals. Imagine eating perfect meals every time.

    • PennyHowe profile image


      6 years ago

      I had one of these years ago and loved it. After reading you lens, I think I need to get a new one. A kitchen is just not a kitchen without one, don't you think!

      Great lens. Thanks.

    • pcgamehardware profile image


      7 years ago

      I've heard of Kitchen Witches a long time ago, but never gave them much thought... When my wife is in the Kitchen, we probably don't need one, but if I'm in there cooking, I'll need all the help I can get.... Great lens, thanks for sharing. :)

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very cute lens. I haven't seen kitchen witches around for a while. I had forgotten about them.

    • victoriuh profile image


      7 years ago

      I grew up with my grandparents and my grandmother had a kitchen witch. I think it was a gift to her. I remember it being the ugliest thing, but in a very cute way. I would like to get one sometime, if I could find the right one. I don't expect it will help me with my cooking, but it feels like it would connect me a little to my past.

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      7 years ago

      I love to collect witches but unfortunately I never met one that convinced me to like cooking. I have one in the bedroom that watches over me while I sleep though.

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      SophiaStar LM 

      7 years ago

      I have heard of them before and I would love to get one, it is going on my wish list:) I really enjoyed your poem too!

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Definitely want to purchase one for my son!

    • SilmarwenLinwelin profile image


      8 years ago

      No, never heard of them before, thanks for sharing!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      8 years ago

      Just wanted to let you know that I featured your lens on my new page Magical Household

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      8 years ago

      I had never heard of a kitchen witch,what a great story you have written.

    • jlshernandez profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Paul Ward: PaulonBooks, I hope you did not tell your grandma that. Thanks for visiting.

    • Paul Ward profile image


      8 years ago from Liverpool, England

      My grandmother had a kitchen witch that hwas about fifty years old when I was a child - and she threw it away one day! Have to say it didn't benefit her cooking though.

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      8 years ago

      No,I am hearing about it for the first time.and it was very informative and interesting to read about it.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      8 years ago from Quezon City

      No and it was my first time to know about this custom/superstition!Thank you for sharing, we really learn something new everyday.

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      8 years ago

      Learned something new today, thanks. Hadn't heard about kitchen witches before.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      No, I never heard of kitchen witch dolls. They sound cool, though, and probably I need one!


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