Cooking is the process of turning raw Food into cooked, or otherwise improved, food which, in general, adds a Health bonus and sometimes improves their Hunger or Sanity benefits as well. There are three types of cooking: Fire, Drying Rack, and Crock Pot.
Cooking food on a Campfire, a Fire Pit or a Dwarf Star is the most basic cooking method. To cook food, simply click on it, bring it to a burning Campfire, Fire Pit, or Dwarf Star and click again when the prompt shows up. Once a food has been cooked, it will be replaced in the inventory with its cooked counterpart. For example, a Morsel becomes a Cooked Morsel, and a Carrot becomes a Roasted Carrot. Cooked Meats generally spoil slower, while cooked Vegetables generally spoil faster. There is no difference between cooking on any of the fires.
- Braised Eggplant [+20 +25 ]
- Sliced Pomegranate [+20 +12.5 ]
- Hot Pumpkin [+8 +37.5 ]
- However, Corn [+3 +25 ] is better consumed raw than cooked [+3 +12.5 ].
Main Article: Drying RackWhile not exactly cooking in the full sense of the word, using the Drying Rack to prepare Meats provides a longer-term food storage option to those without an Ice Box. When dried, Meats become Jerky and spoil at a much slower rate. Additionally, Jerky tends to give more of a Health and Sanity bonus than its raw or cooked counterparts.
The Foods which can be dried are listed below:
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Main Article: Crock Pot
Cooking foods using the Crock Pot can combine them into a more ample dish. The Crock Pot requires 4 accepted items to be combined to produce a dish. Some recipes require or allow for non-foods to be added (most recipes accept twigs as filler). Recipes sometimes produce a dish with a greater Hunger/Health/Sanity bonus than all the ingredients combined. Some recipes are designed to specifically provide a large Sanity or Health boost but do not fill as much Hunger. It is not possible to use Seeds in a Crock Pot.
The cooking times for Crock Pot recipes vary. A few foods like Waffles are cooked in as little as 10 seconds, while recipes like Mandrake Soup take a full minute. Most recipes require a certain amount of food (such as Meats or Vegetables) as opposed to specific food items.
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