Free-to-play Cooking training

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Cooking is a relatively easy skill to train in F2P (free-to-play) due to the wide availability of cooking resources (such as fish), fast experience, and low intensity, but can be quite expensive.

See Calculator:Cooking/Cooking various items for an extensive list of cost of cooking items, as changing markets can drastically alter the viability of methods. While a very useful reference, some lesser-trade items may have misleading prices - it appears that baking redberry pies turn a large profit, but it is mostly only used for quests with limited demand and uncooked berry pie is very hard to buy.

What to cook on[edit | edit source]

Bonfire[edit | edit source]

Using the Firemaking skill, logs can be used to start a bonfire that most foods can be cooked on, with the time it burns before going out varying by type of logs. Bonfires can be started almost anywhere, and cooking on them also grant a +10% Cooking experience bonus. You can use someone else's bonfire (commonly found in the Grand Exchange in highly populated servers like world 3) to avoid having to start your own, but it is less reliable as you won't know when it would go out.

The bank on top of Lumbridge Castle is useful if you have lots of raw fish banked as there are 4 spawns of logs outside and they respawn faster than the fires go out. Simply right-click "Light" on the logs on the ground to start a bonfire to cook on.

Completing Violet is Blue unlocks access to a permanent fire in Yeti Town, very close to a bank chest, although it does not offer the 10% xp bonus.

Range[edit | edit source]

The rate of burning food, which makes it useless and gives no xp, is slightly reduced on ranges. However the difference is not large, and for low level fish, it is far more convenient to catch and cook on the spot yourself. Most food has a higher Cooking level at which it will stop burning, although waiting for that level of not necessary and impractical especially for lower levels. Burning will gradually decrease as you level up. It appears this decreases fastest at first; e.g. lobsters requires 40 Cooking and stops burning at 74, but the burning rate roughly declines from 50% to 33% from level 40 to 45.

  • Completing the Cook's Assistant quest unlocks access to Cook-o-matic 25 which has a lower burn rate for most low level food than bonfires or other ranges, and rewards new players with enough experience to reach level 4 from scratch.
  • The range in the house just west of the Edgeville bank is the closest to a bank. However, there is a level 15 Mugger around that attacks low level players, and the door automatically closes after a while making you reopen it.
  • Karim's range north of Al Kharid bank is marginally slower, but safe and door-free.
  • Portable range is the best option to cook on as they give up to 21% extra experience, may double the cooked product, and can be deployed anywhere. However, they only last 5 minutes and are very expensive to maintain. You can use someone else's portable range, but it is very rare to come across one. They cannot be used in Ironman Mode.

Items[edit | edit source]

Dwarven army axe[edit | edit source]

If players are carrying or wielding a Dwarven army axe, an additional 3 experience can be earned per item cooked. It only works with cooking done on a fire or range (e.g. cooking swordfish) but not other actions like churning pat of butter or combining anchovy pizza.

Plain cooking urns[edit | edit source]

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Using urns can be beneficial since they fill up in xp while training, effectively grant up to 20% extra experience while held in inventory and thus speed up the levelling process. There are three types of f2p Cooking urns.

Usable urns are untradeable. Instead, they can be bought on the Grand Exchange as plain cooking urn (nr)'s to which the player must attach fire runes to make them into stackable plain cooking urn (r)'s, which is instantaneous for the whole inventory and makes the urns untradeable. Once the first urn starts filling, it turns into simply a plain cooking urn which is not stackable. Once completely filled, it can be teleported away for xp.

Currently, buying two pieces soft clay, crafting them into a plain cooking urn (nr) and selling it at the default market price of 967 yields a profit of -695. When the profit is negative, be prepared to pay above the market price or consider crafting the urns yourself.

The recommended bank preset for using plain cooking urns while power levelling with lobsters is a stack of plain cooking urn (r), one plain cooking urn that has already been partially filled, and 26 raw lobsters. This minimises the need for banking and ensures that every lobster cooked contributes to an urn.

It's advisable to turn on the "Auto-teleport" option (Settings -> Gameplay -> Inventory -> Inventory Management) to eliminate the need to manually teleport urns once full.

Fishing and Cooking[edit | edit source]

Fishing has a symbiotic relationship with Cooking in that practically everything Fishing produces is for the purpose of Cooking. After the release of player-owned farm, prices of most low-level raw fish and meat skyrocketed as they are used to feed dragons, the highest level animal. Therefore, buying them to cook may not be viable for low level players, as the cooked versions are often worth very little; Fishing and then cooking may be a more feasible option.

It is assumed especially at low levels that you train both at once. However, all f2p fish grants more xp when cooked than fished, and Fishing often requires a higher level than Cooking for the same fish. Therefore, it is expected that you can't always cook the highest level fish you could - which is not a good idea anyway since the burn rate can be quite high. This guide would list the minimum level required to cook the raw fish in question, and acknowledge that it may only be practical to start doing so at a higher level.

See also Free-to-play Fishing training.

Level 1[edit | edit source]

Catching raw crayfish and cooking them is recommended, as they are caught rapidly even at level 1 Fishing (raw shrimps require the same Fishing/Cooking level and gives same experience, but are slower to catch).

After the tutorial, you'd have unlocked the Burthorpe lodestone. Teleport there and run south till you see water, and there are crayfish spots on the northern shore (with trees very close by). Chop a set of logs, fish until your inventory is full, then start a bonfire and cook the crayfish on it.

Cooked crayfish isn't worth much, so you can quickly get rid of them by selling to Nicholas Angle (he also offers fishing bait required for some fish later), or deposit them in the bank south of the Taverley lodestone. You can opt to save some raw crayfish and bank them, as they can be sold on the Grand Exchange for around 392 coins, funding some later methods.

Level 20[edit | edit source]

Raw trout can be caught in Gunnarsgrunn or on the east side of Lumbridge (latter is closer to a bank), provided you have level 20 Fishing. Trouts give 50 experience each. You must use the Lure option at fishing spots to catch trout. It would take about 40 minutes to go from 20 to 30 Fishing when you fish and cook trout; this also grants about 10k Cooking experience. Fishing trout consumes a feather (costs 6 coins each from shops) per fish. If this is not available, stick to catching and cooking crayfish.

Raw salmon can be randomly caught and cooked on the same spots with 30 Fishing/25 Cooking. Some players choose to stick with this spot all the way to 99 due to the fast catching rate compared to higher level fish, although doing so is slightly more attention intensive.

Level 30[edit | edit source]

Raw tunas can be caught at the northeastern pier at Musa Point in Karamja with the Harpoon option at level 35 Fishing. Cooking tuna yields 100 experience each, though the catching speed is slow. This spot is very popular for medium to high level fishers in f2p and occasionally you may be able to pick up dropped raw fish (e.g. raw tuna by fishers only wanting raw swordfish).

Unlike previous spots, trees you can cut for logs are a bit further; you could note tunas, lobsters, and swordfish (both raw and cooked) at Stiles a fair distance to the southwest. By noting raw fish, you can fish indefinitely until you wish to cook at your leisure at any bank. It takes about 40 (round trip) seconds from the fishing spots to get logs, 60 seconds to note at Stiles, 70 seconds to teleport to Port Sarim via Lodestone Network, deposit at the bank deposit box just northeast, and take the ferry back to Musa Point.

If you do cook it here, cooked tuna is worth so little they are not worth noting/banking. Instead, simply sell them to the general store southwest to the fishing spot for nearly as much as selling them on the Grand Exchange.

Level 38[edit | edit source]

Bucket of milk can be turned into pat of butter on a dairy churn for 40.5 experience each. While slower, churning has no possibility of failure, unlike cooking fish, and is one of the few ways to train Cooking while turning a profit. There are three viable dairy churns:

Note that buckets of milk has a Grand Exchange buy limit of 1,000 per 4 hours, compared to 20,000 of most raw fish.

Level 40[edit | edit source]

Raw lobsters can be caught at Musa point in Karamja at level 40 Fishing with the Cage option. Lobster yields 120 experience each. Cooking and catching speed is comparable to harpooning.

Level 45[edit | edit source]

Raw swordfish can be caught in Musa point in Karamja at level 50 Fishing also with the Harpoon option. Swordfish yields 140 experience each cooking. However swordfish catching speed is the slowest among all fish, because tunas are also caught while harpooning. Also, at least 60 Cooking should be attained before starting to cook swordfish, as the burning rate is very high (80% at the minimum 45 Cooking).

Swordfish has one of the lowest losses while cooking fish in f2p, and it offers one of the fastest experience, so it is more viable to buy it raw on the Grand Exchange, cook then resell. However, it would require a high Cooking level to prevent most burns, and the market can fluctuate wildly.

Level 55[edit | edit source]

Combine anchovies with plain pizza into anchovy pizza roughly breaks even in price. It only grants 39 xp but cannot fail. Be careful to right-click "use" one ingredient on other, as the left-click option is eat for both.

Dungeoneering training[edit | edit source]

Along with all other skills, Cooking can be trained while Dungeoneering. No items can be brought in or out. Chop/buy some high tier branches, fish and cook them. There are several points to notice:

  • Fishing speed is much faster, and each fishing spot yields 11-14 fish before depletion. Raw fish is stackable.
  • Wood for burning can greatly affect the burning rate, choose the best wood to cook.
  • Do it after defeating the boss.

Alternate method to level without burning food[edit | edit source]

You can choose to only start cooking a type of raw fish when you reach the level where you stop burning it; however, it will most likely be slower than the method suggested above. It is recommended to use the other methods to attain level 50 cooking before beginning.

Without urns

Image Fish Type Start Level Finishing Level Number Of
Fish Required
Cost per
Raw Fish (coins)
Total Cost
(coins)
Sell For
(coins)
Profit/Loss
(coins)
Coins per
Exp
Trout.png Trout 50 58 2,094 409 -856,446 494,184 -362,262 -2.47
Salmon.png Salmon 58 65 4,669 587 -2,740,703 382,858 -2,357,845 -5.61
Tuna.png Tuna 65 74 5,881 357 -1,529,031 197,018 -1,332,013 -3.11
Lobster.png Lobster 74 86 20,846 345 -7,191,870 4,127,508 -3,064,362 -1.23
Raw swordfish.png Swordfish* 86 99 67,405 495 -33,365,475 46,374,640 13,009,165 1.38
Total Fish 99,297 Total cost -45,683,525 51,576,208 5,892,683

With Cooking urns

Image Fish Type Start Level Finishing Level Number Of
Fish Required
Number Of
Urns Required
Cost per
Raw Fish (coins)
Cost per
Urn+Rune
needed (coins)
Total Cost
(coins)
Sell For
(coins)
Profit/Loss
(coins)
Trout.png Trout 50 58 1,768 26 409 1,076 -751,088 417,248 -333,840
Salmon.png Salmon 58 69 3,922 74 587 1,076 -2,381,838 321,604 -2,060,234
Tuna.png Tuna 69 74 3,600 75 357 1,076 -1,365,900 165,600 -1,200,300
Lobster.png Lobster 74 99 83,080 2077 345 1,076 -30,897,452 16,449,840 -14,447,612
Total Fish 92,370 Total cost -35,396,278 17,354,292 -18,041,986

*F2p urns do not work on swordfish, so lobsters are slightly higher xp with urns (plain cooking urn gives 950 experience when full, if one is used while cooking 40 lobsters the experience gained averages to 143.75 per lobster compared to 140 per swordfish), but depending on the market, swordfish can be a lot cheaper and the xp difference negligible.

Quests for Cooking experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Members Experience
reward
Cooking
requirement
Other requirements
Let Them Eat Pie F2P icon.png 100 N/A N/A
Cook's Assistant F2P icon.png 300 N/A N/A
Rag and Bone Man P2P icon.png 500 N/A N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing the Goblin generals P2P icon.png 1,000 N/A N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing the Mountain dwarf P2P icon.png 1,000 N/A N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Pirate Pete P2P icon.png 1,000 31 Cooking N/A
Big Chompy Bird Hunting P2P icon.png 1,470 30 Cooking
Chef's Assistant F2P icon.png 1,500 32 Cooking N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Skrach Uglogwee P2P icon.png 1,500 41 Cooking
Gertrude's Cat F2P icon.png 1,525 N/A N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing the Lumbridge Sage P2P icon.png 2,500 40 Cooking N/A
Once Upon a Slime F2P icon.png 2,500 N/A N/A
Heroes' Quest P2P icon.png 3,075 53 Cooking
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Sir Amik Varze P2P icon.png 4,000 N/A N/A
Beneath Cursed Tides F2P icon.png 5,000 30 Cooking
Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf P2P icon.png 5,000 22 Cooking
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Evil Dave P2P icon.png 7,000 25 Cooking N/A
Recipe for Disaster: Freeing King Awowogei P2P icon.png 10,000 70 Cooking
Evil Dave's Big Day Out P2P icon.png 20,000 30 Cooking
Total 68,970