Cooking is a game mechanic that becomes available after upgrading the farmhouse for the first time. The house upgrade adds a kitchen, which includes a stove and a refrigerator. The stove is the cooking interface, while the refrigerator provides 36 slots of storage space, similar to a chest. The refrigerator is unique in that it is directly linked with the cooking interface, as if it were an extension of the player's inventory. Only ingredients in the player's inventory or refrigerator are seen as usable items for a recipe.
The player must learn each recipe before it is unlocked for cooking. Locked recipes are displayed as a black silhouette of the recipe icon, with a tooltip description that says "???." Unlocked recipe icons will appear greyed-out if any of the ingredients are missing, but the tooltip will provide information regarding the recipe. Any missing ingredients will be highlighted in red. If all the ingredients required for a recipe are present either in the player's inventory or the refrigerator (or a combination of the two) the recipe icon will become fully highlighted.
Eating a food with stat changes will wipe out any active stats and replace them with just the stats from the newly eaten food.
Duration of the stat bonuses for food appears to lower as the day progresses. For example, if Fish Stew is eaten early in the day its duration is 16+ minutes. If eaten at 10pm it only lasts 2-3 minutes. This may have been done so that high quality food such as Fish Stew which gives +3 Fishing will last the rest of the day - if the game is played at original speed. If mods are used that extend the day, foods become less valuable later in the day.
There are three achievements associated with Cooking:
|オムレツ||It's super fluffy.||タマゴ (1) ミルク (1)||100||45||N/A||N/A||スタードロップ||125g|
|サラダ||A healthy garden salad.||西洋ねぎ (1) タンポポ (1) 酢 (1)||113||50||N/A||N/A||
エミリー (Mail - 3+ )
|カリフラワーのチーズ焼き||It smells great!||カリフラワー (1) Cheese (1)||138||62||N/A||N/A||
パム (Mail - 3+ )
|焼き魚||Baked fish on a bed of herbs.||ブルーギル (1) ブリーム (1) コムギ粉 (1)||75||33||N/A||N/A||
While most recipes will sell for less than the cost or profit from their ingredients, there are a few that will always result in profit when using the lowest quality ingredients:
- Algae Soup
- Bean Hotpot
- Blackberry Cobbler
- Carp Surprise, though Sashimi is more profitable.
- Chocolate Cake
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Fruit Salad
- Ice Cream, if not using Large Milk
- Lucky Lunch
- Pale Broth
- Red Plate
- Roots Platter
- Sashimi, when cooked with any fish worth less than 75g:
- Chub, without Angler profession
- Cockle, without Angler profession
- Perch, without Angler profession
- Rainbow Trout, without Angler profession
- Red Snapper, without Angler profession
- Shad, without Angler profession
- Shrimp, without Angler profession
- Smallmouth Bass, without Angler profession
- Snail, without Angler profession
- Spicy Eel
- Stir Fry, if made with homemade Oil.
- Tom Kha Soup
- Trout Soup