Food is necessary to keep Duplicants healthy. Duplicants cook very basic food on the Microbe Musher or later - once Meal Preparation research has been performed - at the Electric Grill. The food is dropped on the floor if no refrigerator or ration box is available. If the food is not stored in cold enough temperatures (provided by the environment or a refrigerator etc) or in sterile gas (pure carbon dioxide for example) it will turn over time into a rot pile.
Duplicants will eat food when they are hungry by picking it up from the floor or refrigerator and eat it while standing or while sitting at a mess table. Each Duplicant needs 1000 kcal per cycle.
The resources for food can be found by killing critters like a Hatch, gathering items like Slime or plant parts or farming the plants.
|Requirements per 1000 kcal||
|Number of Plants||Kg Water||Kg Polluted Water||Total Water||Misc|
|Field Ration||-1||Gamestart||-||-||-||-||-||20,000 kcal is in Ration Box at start of the game.|
|Muckroot||-1||Plant||-||-||-||-||1 Buried Muckroot||Can not be replanted, so no farming possible.|
|Mush Bar||-1||Microbe Musher||-||75||-||75||75 kg Dirt||Eaten it regularly will cause Diarrhea|
|Meal Lice||-1||Plant||3.75 Mealwood||-||-||-||37.5 kg Dirt||-|
|Pickled Meal||-1||Electric Grill||11.25 Mealwood||-||-||-||112.5 kg Dirt||Will not decay|
|Lice Loaf||0||Microbe Musher||1.875 Mealwood||50||-||50||18.75 kg Dirt||You gain 500 kcal and 1 quality grade in the process.|
|Meat||0||Hatch loot||-||-||-||-||killed Hatch||1-2 meat per hatch|
|Mush Fry||0||Electric Grill||-||150||-||150||150 kg Dirt, Mush bar||Uses Mush Bar as ingredient. Half the calories but no germs.||-||Bristle Berry||-1||harvested||2.5 Bristle Blossom plants||200||-||200||-||Requires no cooking but plant has higher demands.|
|Frost Bun||1||Electric Grill||2.4 Sleet Wheat||48||-||48||0.96 kg Fertilizer||Planted Sleet Wheat takes 20 cycles to grow.|
|Mushroom||2||plant||3.125 Dusk Cap||-||-||8.33||12.5 kg Slime|
|Gristle Berry||2||Electric Grill||4 Bristle Blossom||320||-||320||-||600 kcal loss during preparation but 1 quality grade gained.|
|BBQ||5||Electric Grill||5.25 Pincha Pepper||-||192.5||192.5|| killed Hatch,
5.5 kg Phosphorus
|Pincha Pepper takes 22 cycles to grow.|
|Fried Mushroom||3||Electric Grill||5 Dusk Cap||-||-||13.33||20 kg Slime|
|Pepper Bread||5||Electric Grill||4 Sleet Wheat, 5.25 Pincha Pepper||80 (for Sleet Wheat)||192.5 (for Pincha Pepper)||272.5||16 kg Fertilizer, 5.5 kg Phosphorus||Needs an advanced colony setup due to water type requirements.|
|Stuffed Berry||4||Electric Grill||20 Bristle Blossom, 10.5 Pincha Pepper||640 (for Bristle Blossom)||385 (for Pincha Pepper)||1025||11 kg Phosphorus||High end food.|