Cooking

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Overview

Cooking is a skill in Project Zomboid that allows your character to make the most out of a food item when used as an ingredient.

Cooking

To begin cooking, you must right-click a Cooking Pot, Frying Pan, Griddle Pan or a Bowl. If you have ingredients, you will be able to add them.

  • Adding 3 of the same ingredients will remove the unhappiness reduction, and will even increase unhappiness if there's more than 3.

Cooking level

Cooking XP is easy to gain, but you should still maximize it by reading Skill Books.

Ways to gain XP:

  • Add ingredients
  • Cook raw/uncooked food
  • Slice dead animals

Benefits

Having a higher level of cooking skill provides some benefits:

  • Each cooking level reduces how much ingredients are used when crafting 1 dish, which helps with Hunger reduction.
    • Compared to a level 0 chef, a higher level one is able to make a dish more filling, even when using the same ingredients.
      • THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE MUTTON CHOP ADDED INTO A STEW/SOUP! RESULTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS
Cooking Skill Mutton chop's hunger reduction Stew/Soup hunger reduction(Uncooked) Additional Hunger reduction (Uncooked) % Increase Stew/Soup hunger reduction(Cooked) Additional Hunger reduction / % (Cooked) Total % Increase
0 -30 -30 - - -39 -9 / +30% +30%
10 -30 -39 -9 +30% -50 -11 / +22% +66.67%
  • Each cooking level reduces how much ingredients are used when crafting 1 dish, which indirectly increase Nutrition Values.
    • Compared to a level 0 chef, a higher level one is able to squeeze more nutrients out of a food item.
      • THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE MUTTON CHOP ADDED INTO A STEW/SOUP! RESULTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS
Cooking skill Mutton Chop's Calories (Uncooked) 1st Piece of Mutton 2nd Piece of Mutton 3rd Piece of Mutton Overall Calories Additional calories Total % Increase
0 234 117 117 - 234 - +0%
5 234 132.60 132.70 35.34 300.56 76.56 +28.45%
10 234 136.5 137.5 81.9 354.9 120.9 +51.67%
  • At level 7 Cooking, players are able to safely use rotten food as ingredients. The amount of Hunger and Nutrients gained from rotten food is substantially reduced.
    • THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE ROTTEN MUTTON CHOP ADDED INTO A STEW/SOUP! RESULTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS
Cooking skill Mutton Chop's Calories/Hunger (Rotten) 1st piece Calories hunger reduction % used for calories % used for hunger reduction
7 234/-13 9.04 1 3.86% 11.54%
8 234/-13 9.09 1 3.89% 11.54%
9 234/-13 27.33 3 11.68% 23.08%
10 234/-13 27.3 (Lower than lvl 9) 3 11.67% 23.08%
  • At level 7 Cooking, players are able to see if food contains poison. This does not allow the player to see which mushrooms or berries are poisonous as it only displays the poisonous icon on the specific dish the poisonous item is added to, not the poisonous item itself. This also allows the player to see if bleach has been added. Each additional "dose" of poison from berry, mushroom, or bleach will lower the cooking level at which the player can recognize the food as poisoned by approximately 1.

Recipes

Main article: Cooking (crafting)

See also