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A wide variety of foods and drinks exist in the game, including prepackaged foods, cookable meat, brewable beverages, and medicinal remedies.

Strategies

Especially when moving from place to place, it is usually wise to first consume the food that spoils the fastest and has lower energy density, while saving energy-dense products for traveling or for an emergency. For long-term food options, keep in mind the following:

Ruined food generally cannot be eaten safely (unless Cooking level 5 is achieved). Ruined raw meat can be cooked to add 50% condition--as can raw meat in any condition.

If non-canned food is stored outdoors, decay is slowed substantially and the lifespan of the food is extended (except for meat quarters).

Another emergency or long-term food option is Cat Tail Stalks. While low in calories, they do not decay and so may serve as good emergency food caches.

Types of food

Cooking.png Item Calories Hydration Weight Calorie density
Airline Food - Chicken icon.png Airline Food - Chicken 620 kcal 5% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
2480 kcal / kg
(1,127 kcal / lb)
Airline Food - Vegetarian icon.png Airline Food - Vegetarian 560 kcal 5% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
2240 kcal / kg
(1,018 kcal / lb)
Beef Jerky icon.png Beef Jerky 350 kcal -10% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
3500 kcal / kg
(1,591 kcal / lb)
Birch Bark Tea icon.png Birch Bark Tea 100 kcal 30% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Bear Meat (Cooked) icon.png Bear Meat (Cooked) 900 kcal -15% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
900 kcal / kg
(409 kcal / lb)
Bear Meat icon.png Bear Meat 900 kcal -5% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
900 kcal / kg
(409 kcal / lb)
Chocolate Bar icon.png Chocolate Bar 250 kcal -3% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
2500 kcal / kg
(1,136 kcal / lb)
Cat Tail Stalk icon.png Cat Tail Stalk 150 kcal 0% 0.05 kg
(0.11 lb)
3000 kcal / kg
(1,364 kcal / lb)
Coho Salmon (Cooked) icon.png Coho Salmon 1650 kcal -5% 3.7 kg
(8.14 lb)
455 kcal / kg
(207 kcal / lb)
Coho Salmon (Raw) icon.png Coho Salmon 1650 kcal 0% 5.5 kg
(12.1 lb)
300 kcal / kg
(136 kcal / lb)
Condensed Milk icon.png Condensed Milk 750 kcal 25% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
3000 kcal / kg
(1,364 kcal / lb)
Cup of Coffee icon.png Cup of Coffee 100 kcal 30% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Cup of Herbal Tea icon.png Cup of Herbal Tea 100 kcal 30% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Dog Food icon.png Dog Food 500 kcal 5% 0.3 kg
(0.66 lb)
1667 kcal / kg
(758 kcal / lb)
Energy Bar icon.png Energy Bar 500 kcal 0% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
5000 kcal / kg
(2,273 kcal / lb)
Granola Bar icon.png Granola Bar 300 kcal -5% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
3000 kcal / kg
(1,364 kcal / lb)
Ketchup Chips icon.png Ketchup Chips 300 kcal -6% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
3000 kcal / kg
(1,364 kcal / lb)
Lake Whitefish (Cooked) icon.png Lake Whitefish 575 kcal -5% 1.5 kg
(3.3 lb)
385 kcal / kg
(175 kcal / lb)
Lake Whitefish (Raw) icon.png Lake Whitefish 575 kcal 0% 2.3 kg
(5.06 lb)
250 kcal / kg
(114 kcal / lb)
Maple Syrup icon.png Maple Syrup 850 kcal 0% 0.3 kg
(0.66 lb)
2833 kcal / kg
(1,288 kcal / lb)
Military-Grade MRE icon.png Military-Grade MRE 1750 kcal 5% 0.5 kg
(1.1 lb)
3500 kcal / kg
(1,591 kcal / lb)
Moose Meat (Cooked) icon.png Moose Meat 900 kcal -5% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
900 kcal / kg
(409 kcal / lb)
Moose Meat icon.png Moose Meat 900 kcal -5% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
900 kcal / kg
(409 kcal / lb)
Orange Soda icon.png Orange Soda 250 kcal 30% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Go! Energy Drink icon.png Go! Energy Drink 100 kcal 30% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
400 kcal / kg
(182 kcal / lb)
Peanut Butter icon.png Peanut Butter 900 kcal -5% 0.5 kg
(1.1 lb)
1800 kcal / kg
(818 kcal / lb)
Pinnacle Peaches icon.png Pinnacle Peaches 450 kcal 20% 0.5 kg
(1.1 lb)
900 kcal / kg
(409 kcal / lb)
Pork and Beans icon.png Pork and Beans 600 kcal -5% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
2400 kcal / kg
(1,091 kcal / lb)
Rabbit (Cooked) icon.png Rabbit (Cooked) 450 kcal -5% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
450 kcal / kg
(205 kcal / lb)
Rabbit (Raw) icon.png Rabbit (Raw) 500 kcal 0% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
500 kcal / kg
(227 kcal / lb)
Rainbow Trout (Cooked) icon.png Rainbow Trout 575 kcal -5% 1.5 kg
(3.3 lb)
385 kcal / kg
(175 kcal / lb)
Rainbow Trout (Raw) icon.png Rainbow Trout 575 kcal 0% 2.3 kg
(5.06 lb)
250 kcal / kg
(114 kcal / lb)
Reishi Tea icon.png Reishi Tea 100 kcal 30% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Rose Hip Tea icon.png Rose Hip Tea 100 kcal 30% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Salty Crackers icon.png Salty Crackers 600 kcal -20% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
6000 kcal / kg
(2,727 kcal / lb)
Smallmouth Bass (Cooked) icon.png Smallmouth Bass 1500 kcal -5% 3.3 kg
(7.26 lb)
455 kcal / kg
(207 kcal / lb)
Smallmouth Bass (Raw) icon.png Smallmouth Bass 1500 kcal 0% 5.0 kg
(11 lb)
300 kcal / kg
(136 kcal / lb)
Stacy's Grape Soda icon.png Stacy's Grape Soda 250 kcal 30% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Summit Soda icon.png Summit Soda 250 kcal 30% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
1000 kcal / kg
(455 kcal / lb)
Tin of Sardines icon.png Tin of Sardines 300 kcal 5% 0.1 kg
(0.22 lb)
3000 kcal / kg
(1,364 kcal / lb)
Tomato Soup icon.png Tomato Soup 300 kcal 10% 0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
1200 kcal / kg
(545 kcal / lb)
Venison (Cooked) icon.png Venison 800 kcal -5% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
800 kcal / kg
(364 kcal / lb)
Venison (Raw) icon.png Venison 900 kcal 0% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
900 kcal / kg
(409 kcal / lb)
Wolf Meat (Cooked) icon.png Wolf Meat 700 kcal -10% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
700 kcal / kg
(318 kcal / lb)
Wolf Meat (Raw) icon.png Wolf Meat 800 kcal 0% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
900 kcal / kg
(409 kcal / lb)
Water (Potable) icon.png Water (Potable) 0 kcal 150% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
0 kcal / kg
(0 kcal / lb)
Water (Unsafe) icon.png Water (Unsafe) 0 kcal 150% 1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
0 kcal / kg
(0 kcal / lb)

Seasonal foods

Cooking.png Item Calories Hydration Weight Calorie density
Pumpkin Pie icon.png Pumpkin Pie 2000 kcal -5% 0.5 kg
(1.1 lb)
4000 kcal / kg
(1,818 kcal / lb)

Trivia

  • If meat transitions to a ruined status during cooking (i.e., condition is very low at 1-3% when cooking begins), it will vanish and will not be available for consumption. This behaviour may be a bug.
  • During the Event Escape the Darkwalker, its toxic fog reduced the item's condition, as well as its calorie amount to 0.