Unlocking the Kitchen
To get the kitchen, the first thing you need to do is upgrade your house.
The very first house renovation (the Slightly Bigger House) costs the following in money & materials:
- 150 Lumber
- 50 Material Stone
- 3,000 G
After 3 days, you’ll have a shiny new kitchen in the middle of your farmhouse.
It’s ready for use to make some recipes that don’t require equipment, but you’ll need to purchase a few more things before you start cooking.
There are 8 kitchen utensils you can collect in total, and all of them are needed in some way for each recipe.
The first tool, a Seasoning Set, can be purchased from the General Store right after the farmhouse upgrade is complete.
However, the remaining 7 utensils will only be available one by one with 10-day intervals in between.
|Immediately after purchasing the Medium House upgrade
|10 days after the Seasoning Set becomes available for purchase
|10 days after the Cooking Pot becomes available for purchase
|10 days after the Frying Pan becomes available for purchase
|10 days after the Knife becomes available for purchase
|10 days after the Oven becomes available for purchase
|10 days after the Rolling Pin becomes available for purchase
|10 days after the Mixer becomes available for purchase
Tip: If you want to buy them all in one go, you can choose to wait exactly 70 days after the Slightly Bigger House upgrade to avoid the hassle of visiting Jeff’s store every week.
If there just isn’t enough storage room in your cabinet to keep all the ingredients you need, Gotts will also sell refrigerators at a fair price.
This allows you to keep raw ingredients, cooked dishes, and pantry items all in one place.
The normal Refrigerator requires the Slightly Bigger House upgrade and costs 2,500 G.
After you upgrade to the Large House, you can buy the Large Refrigerator for 5,000 G.
The most challenging part of cooking in any Story of Seasons game is learning the recipes and collecting them until you complete the cookbook.
There are a total of 120 recipes in the game, and you can start learning them even when you don’t have a kitchen yet.
Each recipe can also be obtained in multiple ways.
Method 1: Experience
The majority of the recipes available can be learned simply through cooking.
Whenever you make a certain number of dishes with a specific ingredient, there’s a chance that you might learn something new.
Method 2: Tasty Time TV Show
Every Tuesday, the entertainment channel on your TV will broadcast a cooking show that teaches you how to make a new dish. There are 15 recipes in regular rotation – meaning you can still rewatch the episodes and learn them even if you miss a few shows.
On Spring 5th of your second year, a special New Year’s exclusive show will teach you how to make Zenzai.
Method 3: High Friendship with Villagers
Once you befriend the people of Mineral Town, they’ll find ways to express their fondness for you as well. After reaching the 4 friendship note milestone, they’ll mention a new recipe to you in passing.
Method 4: Anna’s Confectionaries Class
She will teach you six recipes in total:
To unlock the first cutscene that lets you attend the rest of the dessert classes, enter Anna and Basil’s house under the following conditions:
- The farmer has at least 8 friendship notes with Anna
- It is anytime between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on a Saturday
- The weather is Sunny
- The farmer has spoken to both Anna and Manna in the last season
- Both Anna and Manna are inside Basil’s house
Method 5: Lou’s Cookbook
After offering 75 gifts to the Harvest Goddess, a new visitor will arrive in Mineral Town.
Lou is a chef from the Forgotten Valley who is more than happy to teach you new recipes once you’ve shown her your previous experience.
She will teach you 10 recipes when you’ve made a certain number of recipes from this list: Zaru Soba, Mixed Juice, Popcorn, Tamagoyaki, Chocolate Cookies, Bamboo Rice, Caffeine, Curry Rice, Large Mayonnaise, and Miso Soup.
Below is a table of what you’ll learn after you cooked X number of dishes from the list above:
|Wild Grape Water
|Relax Tea Leaves
|All 10 dishes
Method 6: Side Quests
Two rare recipes show up in random places around Mineral Town.
The second recipe can be uncovered on the 255th floor of the Spring Mine.
There’s a small chance that you can dig up a Tomatosetta Stone, which contains the recipe for Ketchup.
These two items can either be displayed in your farmhouse as decoration or sold to Huang for a high price after learning the recipes.
Getting Cooking Ingredients
There are limitless ways to collect ingredients for recipes in Mineral Town. You can either use the items right away after you harvest them, or store them in the cabinet/refrigerator for later use.
Using higher-quality ingredients won’t affect the selling price of the dish at all, but it does help you find inspiration for learning new recipes quickly.
Since many recipes call for crops that are grown in different seasons, investing in a refrigerator is the best way to always keep stock on hand.
One pro of cooking in SoS: FoMT is that there aren’t any specific fish you need for the recipes.
Any fish can be used, with some dishes calling for bigger sizes.
The species of fish you use doesn’t matter, but they are strict about whether or not you can use a medium fish for a large recipe and vice versa.
3. Farm Animals
Cheese and eggs are used in a variety of recipes, and they’re always in demand.
Forage items like mushrooms, colored grass, fruit, and even flowers can be used in a lot of recipes.
Just like any other kitchen, the pantry still needs to be stocked with basic ingredients like Flour, Oil, and seasoning for it to function.
Jeff stocks these pantry ingredients all year round in the general shop, so there’s no need to worry about running out. Just head there to buy more whenever you need them.
Note: For recipes that need medicinal items such as Caffeine or Stamina Booster, these can be bought from Elly at the Mineral Clinic.
There are really only three things you can do with cooked food:
- Eat the food for stamina
- Give your food to villagers as gifts
- Or sell your food to Huang
Note: Cooked dishes cannot be placed in the shipping bin.
Unfortunately, cooking large amounts of food for profit doesn’t really work out in SoS: FoMT because it’s not the most efficient use of your ingredients.
Huang likes to haggle his prices, so you need to offer one item at a time to even sell them to him.
However, for easy and cheap meals, selling them to Huang isn’t really worth it.