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Cooking is the process of turning raw food -- such as meat collected by hunting wild animals or produce grown via horticulture -- into prepared food using a variety of methods, and is one of the main sources of energy for people surviving in the wilderness.

Players are able to utilize a variety of cooking methods, all of which are accomplished with one of three tools: a Cooking Pot, a Frying Pan or a Long Wooden Stick. Choice of cooking method will depend upon available resources, tools at the player's disposal, and their end goal for using the cooked food.

Why Cook?[edit | edit source]

The process of converting raw food into other states has several purposes behind it, but the primary drive to do so is making the food more useful to players. For meat, that means killing potential diseases to make it safe for consumption; for produce, preventing it from rotting and becoming unsafe to eat after sitting too long.

Food typically has varying nutritional value between its different states, meaning that certain ways of preparing it will have advantages over others in regards to energy, water, volume, or all of the above.

Overcooking food, regardless of what is being cooked and the method used, will result in the food becoming burned. Burned food is essentially a waste, because it cannot be eaten without making the person sick.

What to Cook[edit | edit source]

Players are able to cook most fruits, vegetables, and meat. Fruits and vegetables can be cooked whole with the exception of the Pumpkin, which must first be cut into slices. Animals are not able to be cooked whole either, meaning players must first skin the animal to obtain meat which can be cooked.

A complete list of cook-able items can be found below.

Fruits & Vegetables

How to Cook[edit | edit source]

Long Wooden Stick[edit | edit source]

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  • This is the simplest but slowest method of Cooking in DayZ and results in the food items becoming Baked. This is the only possible state that can be achieved with this method.
  • This method leaves the player vulnerable whilst cooking because you have to sit and stay still whilst the item cooks as you hold it.
  • House Fireplaces have 1-3 cooking slots attached so the Stick method may not be necessary unless you want to cook more items than the Fireplace allows.

  1. Obtain a Long Wooden Stick by using a Knife to cut one from a bush or interacting with a bush with empty hands.
  2. Put the Stick in your empty hands and attach the food to be cooked in order to prepare it for cooking. Only one item at a time can be cooked this way.
  3. A Fire of some sort is necessary to then cook the food. Either build your own or use one of the natural Fireplaces found inside of certain houses.
  4. Place stick in hand with food item attached, stand close to the fire and then select the option 'Roast' to do the action described. Your character will sit and hold the stick in place while the action is being performed.
  5. Click and hold until the Cooking circle fills one revolution and the item changes state visibly. Do not hold click on the circle for too long past the first revolution or you risk Burning your food.
  6. Remove the Food item from the stick and enjoy consuming or cook another piece.

Cooking Pot:[edit | edit source]


When cooking with Water in the Pot, it purifies the water within which can then be drunk straight from the Pot or poured into Plastic Bottle, Canteens or a Leather Bottle without Cholera risks.

To empty a Pot of Water for a cooking method, put the Pot in your hands, look at your feet and choose the 'Empty Pot' option.

Food items and Pots retain heat when cooked and if stored in clothing or inventory on the Upper/Lower body can be used to keep a player warm. Be wary of overheating!

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While it does have to be found as loot rather than being gathered practically anywhere as a resource like the Long Wooden Stick: the Cooking Pot is arguably far more versatile, making it worth your time (and Inventory space as it can store items within itself) to carry one around if you plan to cook regularly. It can be used in conjunction with a Portable Gas Stove, any kind of advanced Fireplace found in houses, player-created Stone Ovens, or alongside a Cooking Tripod.

Cooking Methods:[edit | edit source]

There are three (3) possible cooking methods when using this piece of equipment:

  • Boiling -- Before cooking, fill the pot with Water.
  • Baking -- Starting with an empty pot: add Fat as an attachment. Do not add water.
  • Drying -- Cook in a pot that is otherwise empty (No Water, no Fat) whilst keeping items to be cooked under 100 degrees or else your items will become Burnt very quickly.
  1. To cook with the pot,: choose a desired Cooking method and prepare the pot accordingly. Up to 12 slots worth of food items at a time can be added to the pot.
  2. After you have completed preparations: add the Pot full of food to the fireplace and wait for it to heat up.
  3. After a short time (approximately 1min 30 secs), the food will be cooked. The changes in Food Cooking states are visible once the player is watching the Pot in the fireplace menu and the food items can be hovered over to see their state. An audible sound change will also tell when something is ready by a consistent rolling, bubbling sound.
  4. Remove the Pot from the fire and any food item within to consume.

Poison.jpg WARNING: Consuming burned food will make you sick.

Visual Examples[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As of 0.61, the Frying Pan is not able to be used in cooking with water. It cannot be filled with water, and cooking with it while empty burns the food being cooked (which causes food poisoning).

See Also[edit | edit source]