How to Find, Cook, and Eat Food in Minecraft - dummies

How to Find, Cook, and Eat Food in Minecraft

By Jesse Stay, Thomas Stay, Jacob Cordeiro

Food is an essential part of Minecraft as it keeps your character alive, stable, and prevents exhaustion. As with real life, different foods can be found (or created) from different animals, biomes, or recipes. Each food type has its own benefit and restores varying levels of hunger points. In this guide to Minecraft food, you will learn how to find the best foods, enhance them through cooking, and how to actually eat a food item on your character.

On the Hunger bar, each drumstick represents 2 food units.

Acquiring Food

The following table lists some useful foods and explains how to obtain them. If you’re starting a new game, strive for the foods near the top of the list, as those are the easiest to find or craft.

minecraft raw porkchop

  • Raw porkchop or beef — Killing a pig or cow grants you from 1 to 3 units of this food. However, the food is more effective when cooked in a furnace.

    minecraft cooked porkchop

  • Cooked porkchop or steak — Cook raw meat in a furnace to obtain an item worth 4 units of food.

    minecraft raw chicken

  • Raw chicken — Avoid eating raw chicken unless you have to. Every item you eat gives you a 30 percent chance of getting food poisoning, draining the Hunger bar.

    minecraft cooked chicken

  • Cooked chicken — It has the same effect as cooked pork or beef, but, at 3 units of food, is less powerful.

    minecraft mushroom stew

  • Mushroom stew — This item restores 3 units of food, and each inventory space holds only one bowl of stew.

    minecraft bread

  • Bread — Bread isn’t quite as satiating as meat, but after you obtain a wheat farm, you can craft a reliable food source, 2-1/2 units in strength.

    minecraft cookie

  • Cookie — Cookies are crafted from wheat, but you also need cocoa beans. Cookies restore only 1 unit of food apiece, so they aren’t quite restorative, though you can mass-produce them.

    minecraft carrot

  • Carrot — Carrots are found incidentally when you kill zombies or explore villages. A carrot provides 2 units of food.

    minecraft potato

  • Potato — Potatoes are also found incidentally. Raw potatoes aren’t useful, though they can be cooked into baked potatoes.

    minecraft baked potato

  • Baked potato — Cook potatoes in a furnace to get this item, worth 3 units of food.

    minecraft melon slice

  • Melon slice — Despite the meager effect of a single slice, or 1 unit, this item can be mass-produced effectively.

    minecraft red apple

  • Red apple — This fruit falls from destroyed trees and provides 2 units of food.

    minecraft golden apple

  • Golden apple — Both types of golden apple yield 2 units of food. The first, crafted with gold nuggets, boosts health and reduces hunger. The second, crafted with gold blocks, gives you 30 seconds of rapid regeneration and 5 minutes of resistance and fire resistance.

    minecraft raw fish

  • Raw fish — Restores a tiny segment of the Hunger bar. A basic food item that isn’t effective unless you cook it.

    minecraft cooked fish

  • Cooked fish — Cook fish in a furnace to get this item, worth 2-1/2 units of food; it makes a good food source if you have time on your hands.

    minecraft pumpkin pie

  • Pumpkin pie — Collect eggs (littered by chickens), sugar (from lakeside reeds), and pumpkins to make a pie worth 4 units of food.

    minecraft cake

  • Cake — Making a cake requires 3 buckets of milk, 2 lumps of sugar, 3 units of wheat, and 1 egg. Cake has to be placed on the ground before you can eat it; right-click it to restore 1 unit of food. Cake disappears after six uses.

    minecraft rotten flesh

  • Rotten flesh — Eating rotten flesh — obtained from zombies — gives you an 80 percent chance of food poisoning.

    minecraft spider eye

  • Spider eye — Eating a spider eye — obtained from spiders — has the side effect of poisoning you. The eye is used primarily for brewing potions.

    minecraft salmon

  • Salmon — Obtain this item from fishing; it’s good for eating and for taming ocelots.

    minecraft cooked salmon

  • Cooked salmon — Simply cook salmon in a furnace to triple your hunger points.

    minecraft poision potato

  • Poison potato — Restores 2 hunger points but has a 60 percent chance of poisoning a character for 4 seconds; unlike a regular potato, it cannot be planted or baked.

    minecraft mutton

  • Mutton — Killing sheep drops 1 or 2 units of mutton, providing 2 hunger units when eaten raw.

    minecraft cooked mutton

  • Cooked mutton — Mutton cooked in a furnace offers 6 hunger points — more than chicken but less than pig or beef.

    minecraft rabbit

  • Rabbit — When a rabbit (or bunny) is killed, it drops 0-1 units of raw food, which can be eaten for 3 hunger points (more than most other types of raw meat); when cooked, it increases the hunger points to 5, just slightly less than cooked mutton.

    minecraft rabbit stew

  • Rabbit stew — This complicated recipe involves a bowl, a carrot, a baked potato, a mushroom, and a cooked rabbit; but when crafted and then eaten, it restores an incredible 10 hunger points.

Note that cooked meat provides 2 to 3 times more food points than raw but requires a furnace or killing the animal via fire such as lava.

Eating a poisonous food can significantly impact the Health bar and Hunger bar. Except in Hard mode, you won’t die directly from poison, though you’re extremely vulnerable to any type of damage and your ability to complete activities decreases. Drinking milk negates the effects of poisonous food. However, obtaining milk isn’t possible until you’re further into the game, when you have the resources to craft a bucket.

How to Cook Food Using the Furnace

Just like in real life, some foods taste better when cooked (for example, raw meat versus cooked meat). In Minecraft, cooked meat provides 2 to 3 times more food points than raw but requires a furnace for cooking or killing the animal via fire such as lava.

To cook meat in Minecraft, follow the steps below:

  1. Collect raw meat from an animal.
  2. Go over to your furnace and open its crafting grid. If you do not have a furnace, follow this guide for how to craft a Minecraft furnace.
  3. Place the raw meat in the top crafting slot (i.e. – raw chicken, pork, or beef).
  4. Place fuel in the bottom crafting slot (coal, wooden objects, blaze rods, or lava buckets).
  5. Your cooked items now appear in your inventory!

Now that you know how to obtain food and enhance certain foods through the cooking process, let’s take a quick look on how to actually consume the food item to restore your character’s hunger points.

How to Eat Food in Minecraft

You can eat foodstuffs by selecting food and holding down the right mouse button for a second. Your avatar then finishes eating and part of the Hunger bar is refilled.

In addition to restoring the Hunger bar, eating food prevents it from depleting for a while. When the Hunger bar starts jittering, you’re becoming hungry again, and the meter continues to deplete.

If you don’t want to repeatedly run back to your home to eat, carry road rations with you, such as steak or bread.