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My Time at Sandrock: How to Cook Food

Head out on an adventure in My Time at Sandrock, but make sure you bring some meals with you.

Whether you’re farming or fighting, you’ll want to make sure you have enough stamina and health to complete tasks. As such, having snacks and sustenance in your inventory is important. Here’s how to cook food in My Time at Sandrock.

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How to Cook Food in My Time at Sandrock

To cook food in My Time at Sandrock, you must use the Drying Rack early in the campaign, more advanced tools later in the campaign, or purchase snacks from shops. Almost every farming activity uses up your character’s stamina, and different types of snacks can restore stamina and health.

How to Build and Use the Drying Rack

The Drying Rack is an early-game blueprint that requires the following materials:

  • 2x Copper Sticks: Purchased from the Hammer Time shop; crafted via the Processor; crafted via the Recycler.
  • 2x Old Parts: Purchased from the Eufaula Salvage Shop or found while excavating the Eufaula Salvage Abandoned Ruins.
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For the Copper Sticks, I used my Pickhammer on the junk pile in Eufaula Salvage Yard to obtain Copper Scrap, which I then placed inside the Recycler. There’s a high chance that the machine will churn out Copper Sticks, but it’s not guaranteed.

As for the Old Parts, if you haven’t found many in your adventures and you don’t want to use your Gol to purchase them, then you’ll want to build the Crane Lift as part of the Picking Up the Slack quest. The machine allows you to enter the Eufaula Salvage Abandoned Ruins. That’s where I was able to find a lot of resources and relics, including Old Parts.

Then, once you’ve crafted the Drying Rack, it’s time to cook food in My Time at Sandrock. Initially, you’ll only know a select few recipes:

  • Jerky: Requires x1 Meat, which is obtained from the Wandering Y Store or when you defeat monsters.
  • Dried Sandberry: Requires x2 Sandberry, which is obtained from the By the Stairs store or when you gather nearby Sandberry bushes.
  • Salted Fish: Requires x1 Sand Carp and x1 Sea Salt. You can do the fishing minigame to get the Sand Carp or purchase both ingredients from the Blue Moon Lagoon.
  • Dried Sandacuda: Requires x1 Sandacuda and x1 Soy Sauce. You can do the fishing minigame to get the Sandacuda or purchase both ingredients from the Blue Moon Lagoon.

Later, you can use advanced devices and contraptions, such as the Apprentice Cooking Station and the Chef’s Cooking Station, that allow you to cook more useful food items that restore more stamina and health. You can unlock these blueprints by going to the Research Station and spending the Data Discs you’ve found.

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How to Buy and Eat Cooked Food

Alternatively, you can get cooked food in My Time at Sandrock by purchasing ingredients or meals from shops, such as the Blue Moon Saloon.

Cooked food or ingredients can be quite costly in terms of Gol. However, you can check the menu for daily specialties. These tend to be discounted, so you can save quite a bit of Gol by choosing them over other dishes.

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Where to Find More Recipes

You can find more recipes by progressing further in the campaign. Some are rewarded upon completing quests, whereas others are purchased from stores, such as the Blue Moon Lagoon. There are also those provided by NPCs, such as Owen and Mabel.

That’s everything you need to know about how to cook food in My Time at Sandrock. Since we’re already talking about resources and materials, you might want to learn about how to get Gols fast. For other tips and tactics, you can visit our Sandrock guides hub.

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