Island life in Animal Crossing: New Horizons has just taken on a new lease of life. With so many long-awaited updates, like Brewster and the Roost, fans can do so much more in Heaven than ever before. While going to a cafe is fun, sometimes the most satisfying meal is the one you cook for yourself. That’s right! With the new free update, you can now cook meals! Plus, you can even plant and grow ingredients, collect new recipes, and indulge in culinary delights.
So what exactly do you need to do to become a culinary master? We are here to help you.
Controls at the top: what you need to start cooking
Before you can start flaming, you need to get the tools. After downloading update 2.0, launch your game and go to Resident Services. Go up to the kiosk and find out about all the new offers. You will need to purchase the Be a chef! DIY recipes + package. It will only cost you 2,000 Nook Miles, so it’s not too steep, especially if you’ve accumulated Miles.
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After purchasing the new package, you’ll be able to build yourself a wood stove, a cutting board, and have access to a few other recipes. To cook, you will definitely need a stove. You don’t need to go with the stone kitchen in the DIY pack. You can use any pan designed to cook the foods you buy or prepare. (A wood stove, however, will not work.) The stove acts much like your workbench for your DIY recipes. Just walk up to your stove, press A, and you’ll be prompted to cook something.
From there, just like with DIY items, it’s all about having the recipe, the right ingredients, and enough space in your inventory (since the food doesn’t stack).
How to get the recipes
There are a ton of different recipes out there (141 to be exact), and there are a few easy ways to find them if you know where to look. In fact, once you buy the Be a Chef! DIY Recipes + package, you will already be about to fill your recipe box. From there you can go to Nook’s Cranny and check out the closet. Inside you’ll find another recipe pack for sale. Also, you can find seasonal recipe packs, so check back regularly.
You can also talk to other NPCs, like Daisy Mae, to see if they have any. Just like with DIY recipes, you can often catch other villagers at their stoves, making something delicious. In addition, they will be happy to share the recipe with you.
Finally, you can find new recipes by discovering new ingredients, like tomatoes, sea bass, or other items that are not in your inventory. For example, catching a bar can inspire you to do something new! Of course, this is more trial and error when entering different ingredients. Yet you never know which tasty foods will inspire you.
Get the ingredients
Now you have the recipes, the stove, and you are good to go, right? Not so fast! You will need ingredients to serve tasty dishes. To find out what you will need for each dish, just take a look at the recipe cards in your DIY menu. You don’t have to sift through all of your furniture to find it. There are two tabs you can scroll to: a savory, a sweet.
Like furniture, DIY cooking recipes list the ingredients you will need in your personal inventory to start cooking. Some of them, like sea bass or fruit, are quite easy to obtain. Other ingredients that you will need to cultivate or find yourself.
Do not worry. If you can’t find wheat or sugar cane, you can go to Leif’s shop. Finding this sloth is much easier now that Harvey has created the Merchant Village. Just head to Harv’s Island and donate enough money to give Leif a permanent spot.
If you don’t have the 100,000 bells or don’t want to wait for Leif to show up on your island, you can always take a boat trip. Head to Kapp’n, shell out the 1,000 Nook Miles and see where it takes you. You can land on an island with tomatoes, sugar cane, or any other ingredient you might need.
For those who don’t want to dig around every time you need an ingredient, you can always start a farm on your own island to grow all the crops you need.
These are exciting times for Animal Crossing: New Horizon fans. More than ever, this is definitely one of the best games on Nintendo Switch. With so much to do and the DLC now available, you might find yourself spending hours planting, harvesting, and jumping! Now head to the kitchen and start cooking!
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