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How to Cook in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Tears of the Kingdom Cook

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom lets you fill your face with mushrooms, apples and more. But what if you want to cook these items? Here’s what to do.

Cooking is an essential part of Tears of the Kingdom. Plenty of the items you pick up will restore your health, which is handy. But in order to feel their full effects you have to cook them. So here’s how to cook in Tears of the Kingdom.

To cook a single ingredient you need a fire, but to make combination meals you need a pot. So if you want to roast an apple, stand by a fire and drop it. It’ll start to smoke and in a few seconds you can pick up a baked apple which will give you even more health. It also won’t rot which is useful.

To make a meal, find a pot and go into your inventory. Select an ingredient and choose hold. Repeat this for up to five ingredients, then go to the pot and cook them with “A”. You may get a meal with a range of effects, a powerful elixir, or a “dubious meal”. What you get depends on the actual items you blend.

Being told you’ve made a dubious meal means you’ve not hit on a valid combination of items. But, short of looking the recipes up online, experimentation is the way to go. If you want a clue, try mixing mushrooms together for a mushroom skewer.

You also don’t absolutely have to mix ingredients, you can also cook several of the same ingredient to magnify its effect. For example, five spicy peppers will give you a meal that will protect you from the cold.

And that’s how you cook individual items and full meals/elixirs in Tears of the Kingdom.

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Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.