Sims 3 Cooking Guide

 

Cooking Guide

“How do I make ambrosia” is a question I see quite often. Here I will provide many the details of cooking. I’ll create a separate post on how to make ambrosia, but almost all of the cooking details will be in this guide.

 

General Cooking Notes:

  • A sim must be at least a teenager to cook.
  • food can be purchased at the store for cheaper price, otherwise your sim will pay for the ingredients at the fridge or stove
  • If a food is not available, either you haven’t learned the recipe, or you do not have high enough skills
  • A sim can have a “quick snack” but it doesn’t add to their cooking skill or meals cooked
  • Do not leave food forever in the fridge, it will go bad. If a sims eats it they will get sick
  • In order to see what ingredients you need, use the cooking journal located in your inventory

Meal Times

3 AM-10 AM: Breakfast 9 AM-3 PM on Weekends: Brunch 12 PM-5 PM: Lunch 5 PM-3 AM: Dinner Anytime: Dessert

 

 

Starting Out

When you first start your sim will be horrible at cooking unless they have the cooking trait. I have seen horrific quality waffles nearly kill a sim. Don’t worry though, you’ll be flipping perfect pancakes before you know it with my help.

Choose cooking trait

Cooking
*create better quality meals
*have cooking book in inventory

 

Improving Your Cooking Skill

 

1. Cook!

The first most obvious way is to cook whatever recipes your sim starts out with. The more you cook a recipe the better you get at making that particular meal!

LEARNED RECIPES (learned automatically through improving cooking skill)
Skill Level -> Recipe
0 -> Autumn Salad
0 -> Waffles 0Mac and Cheese
1 -> Pancakes
1 -> Peanut Butter and Jelly
1 -> Hot Dogs
2 -> Goopy Carbonara
2 -> Grilled Cheese
4 -> Spaghetti
4 -> Sushi Roll
5 -> Stu Surprise
6 -> Hamburger
7 -> Key Lime Pie
8 -> Grilled Salmon
9 -> French Toast
9 -> Dim Sum
10 -> Lobster Thermador

 

2. Books

The second way is reading recipe books. You’ll have to be at a certain skill level before you can read them. They are purchased at the bookstore, but if you work as a chef sometimes you will be given a recipe book to read as homework for a little job boost. The best thing about reading recipes, is that your cooking skill grows while you read them. so don’t worry if you feel like you “aren’t cooking” anything because you learn another recipe to cook of course :)

RECIPE BOOK LIST *After reading, the book will disappear, you cannot sell it back*

Skill level -> Book -> Cost
1 -> Ratatouille -> §25
3 -> Fish and Chips -> §50
3 -> Cookies -> §100
4 -> Fruit Parfait -> §200
5 -> Cheesesteak -> §300
6 -> Cobbler -> §450
7 -> Eggs Machiavellian -> §5,890
8 -> Tri-Tip Steak -> §650
9 -> Stuffed Turkey -> §800
10 -> Baked Angel Food Cake 10 -> §1,000
10 -> Ambrosia -> §12,000

*Note: Some of these recipes can be given as assignments if you are a chef, but there is also a chance you can learn them by dining out at the restaurant.

 

3. Cooking Channel

The Cooking channel is another way to increase it. But as with all the TV skill building, I prefer doing the actual cooking at the stove. In this game, the more you do something the better your products seem to get, that’s why I always try to do the real thing instead of watch tv for any skill set.

 

4. Chef

Working as a Chef at the restaurant will give you opportunities to improve cooking while at work. This is very efficient and you’ll also be given special cooking and gardening challenges to complete.

 

5. Equipment

Improving your fridge and stove through purchasing or having someone handy upgrade it (for instance “improve meal quality”) will help a great deal to achieve perfection. If you hit level 10 as the World’s Top Chef position, you’ll be given a special tool that greatly improves meals. NOTE: be sure when choosing what appliance you use. If you use the fridge menu to cook, you will not recieve the benefit of improved meal quality

 

6. Gardening

Use Gardening to get better quality ingredients. You cannot buy perfect fruits, veggies, or fish from the market, they all have to be created by you. If you buy them from the market they are simply “very nice”, but if you want better quality you have to grow it yourself. Have a gardener around, or become a gardener and a chef! Once you’ve grown higher quality fruit/vegetable/fish and harvested them, you can drag it into the fridge or simply cook and your sim will use it.

NOTE: If there is a price above the meal, that means you are purchasing items to cook it – NOT using the high quality items from your inventory!

 

 

Skill Challenges

 

Star Chef: Star Chefs have prepared at least 50 meals, so they clearly know their way around the kitchen. The dishes they prepare are higher quality and thus more pleasing.

 

World-Class Chef: World-Class Chefs have prepared at least 75 dishes and are masters of the kitchen. World-Class Chefs prepare meals significantly faster.

 

Menu Maven: Menu Mavens have learned to prepare all recipes. Recipes are earned by improving the Cooking skill and can be purchased at the bookstore. Menu Mavens prepare higher quality food.

 

HOW DO I MAKE AMBROSIA?

 

 

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