Cooking is a Trade Skill used to cook various foods.
The Cooking skill is a fun, non-essential skill to play around with on a character with an open skill slot. Cooking is used to prepare food items that can be eaten by players. Eating food is not beneficial other than small regens to Stamina. Food is commonly used for player-run events, parties and other in-game occasions. It is not necessary to GM Cooking to be successful at it. There is no benefit to becoming a GM Chef aside from the fact that you will never fail when attempting to cook. Your cooking skill is a direct percent chance of whether you will be successful at cooking an item. For instance, if you have 50.0 cooking, you have approximately 50% chance of being successful when trying to cook something.
Every player has hunger points. These determine if you are able to eat a food item when attempted. Eating items will deplete hunger points until the character becomes full. Once a character becomes full, that character will not be able to eat any more until more hunger points are gained. Hunger points can be gained by losing health points and regenerating them over time. Eating food refreshes stamina and gives a boost to passive health regeneration (roughly 6 seconds for 1 hit point when full, compared to roughly 20 seconds per 1 hit point when hungry).
Using The Cooking Skill
To practice the Cooking Skill you need a cooking instrument such as a skillet, which can be bought from a provisioner. You must also be standing near a heat source such as a fire, oven, or forge. Double clicking the skillet will bring up the crafter interface for the skill. Navigate the menus similar to any other crafting skill to choose what to make. You will hear a distinctive cooking sound. Shortly after, you will receive a status message telling you whether you were successful at cooking the item or not. If you were successful, the cooked food item will be placed in the lowest level of your pack. If you were unsuccessful, you will receive the message "You burned the food to a crisp! It's ruined!" and the item will be lost. If you receive this message when attempting to cook an entire stack of food items, some of the stack will be lost. Some uncooked food items will require preparation and/or multiple items to create them.
Baking vs Barbecuing
Basically, there are two different types of cooking.
First there is Barbecuing. This term is used when you are cooking any of the following Raw Food Items: Raw Bird, Raw Chicken Leg, Egg, Raw Fish Steak, Raw Leg of Lamb, or Raw Ribs. Barbecuing can be done on any available Heat Source.
Baking is the term used when you are cooking any of the following prepared food items: Dough, Sweet Dough, Cake Mix, Cookie Mix, Unbaked Apple Pie, Unbaked Fruit Pie, Unbaked Peach Cobbler, Unbaked Pumpkin Pie, Unbaked Quiche, Uncooked Cheese Pizza, or Uncooked Sausage Pizza. All baking items require preparation and can be baked on any available Heat Source.
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Preparing Uncooked Food Items
To prepare an uncooked food item for baking, you must double click the combination item first then select the item to combine it with. For instance, to create a peach cobbler you must double click on the dough then combine the item with a peach rather than double clicking the peach first. If you double click the peach first, your character will eat the peach if you have enough available hunger points and it will not combine the item.
2 Wheat Sheafs + Flour Mill = Sack of Flour
Water + Sack of Flour = Dough
Dough + Honey = Sweet Dough
Sweet Dough + Flour = Cake Mix
Sweet Dough + Honey = Cookie Mix
Dough + Egg = Unbaked Quiche
Dough + Raw Meat = Unbaked Meat Pie
Dough + Pear = Unbaked Fruit Pie
Dough + Peach = Unbaked Peach Cobbler
Dough + Apple = Unbaked Apple Pie
Dough + Pumpkin = Unbaked Pumpkin Pie
Dough + Wheel of Cheese = Uncooked Cheese Pizza
Dough + Sausage = Uncooked Sausage Pizza
Available Heat Sources
Food can be barbequed or baked on any of the following heat sources: Campfires, Field of Fire Spell, Fire Pits, Fire Places, Forges, Heating Stands, and Ovens.
Campfires can be created by practically any player, although it may require some use of the Camping skill. This is the most common way to cook when out in the field. To create a campfire, double click any bladed object and select a tree to create some kindling. Double click the kindling in your pack and repeat until a campfire is created on the ground next to you. Campfires do not last very long and a new one will need to be created periodically. Kindling is heavy to carry, at 5 stones per bundle, so do not create too much kindling at once.
Many heat sources can be found in towns, campsites, dungeons, and many other places out in the world. Once you start looking for them, you will start noticing them everywhere.
Forges and Ovens can be created by very skilled Carpenters as House Addons and can become a permanent addition to your home. Check around banks and on player vendors to find them.
Available Water Sources
All cooks require water at some point. Water is required to make dough and dough is required for most food preparations. I recommend that every successful cook buy at least 2 pitchers of water. Water pitchers can be refilled with water troughs, water barrels, and any open water source. Water troughs can be found through out towns in most Animal Tamer and Food/Liquor Shops. Water troughs can also be created by very skilled Carpenters as House Addons and can become a permanent addition to your home. Check on player vendors or ask players around banks in town to find them.
Cooking Stacked Food Items!!
Beware when cooking stacked raw food items. If you attempt to cook a stack of raw food items, all items in the stack will get cooked if you are successful at cooking them. If you are not successful, some will be lost in the effort and the rest will be returned to your pack. To prevent this, keep all stacked food items in another pouch inside of your backpack. Remove one raw food item at a time and place it in the lowest level of your pack. Double click that single food item then select the heat source. Having the other items in another pouch will prevent them from all being cooked at once. If you have multiple stacks of similar food items in the lowest level of your pack and you attempt to cook any of them, all of them will be cooked at once if you are successful. Be careful. This can waste a lot of resources and cooking an entire stack simultaneously yields no greater skill gain than cooking a single item.
Wheat sheafs can be farmed from farms out in the world. These wheat sheafs can be milled on a Flour Mill and turned into Sacks of Flour. 2 wheat sheafs are required to create one sack of flour. Flour can then be used with water to create dough. Dough can be cooked to create bread or combined with other food items to make specialty foods.
Raw steaks and bird meat can also be collected by killing and skinning the corpse with a bladed object.
If you are unable to obtain fish steaks easily by Fishing, this may be the best method for you to use.
Welcome to the world of cooking in UO. I hope you enjoyed the guide. Now, go cook something and wow your friends at your next guild get together!