Cooking is the process of turning raw Food into cooked 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, Fire Pit, Star, or in the Shipwrecked DLC, a Chiminea or Obsidian Fire Pit is the most basic cooking method. To cook food, simply click on it, bring it to a burning Campfire, Fire Pit, or Chiminea 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 Rack
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. To dry a piece of Meat, simply place it on the Drying Rack. In the Shipwrecked DLC, Seaweed can also be dried. 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's not possible to use seeds in any Crock Pot recipes.
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. Please refer to the Crock Pot page for a greater detailing of this cooking process.