How to Eat in Stardew Valley: All you need to know!

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Why we like Stardey Valley that much!

Stardew Valley is one the most popular indie games on the market today – and for good reason. Its blend of exploration and trial-and-error gameplay is an extremely addictive homage to Harvest Moon while still innovating on nearly every core mechanic of its inspiration.

For those unfamiliar with the game’s premise, you play as an office worker (you can customize the appearance and gender of your character when you start the game) who inherits a farm from your grandfather. Your job is to clear the land before improving it by growing crops, building buildings, and generally improving the farm in line with certain quests and objectives. Ultimately. Though. how you play and what you prioritize is entirely up to you; it’s impossible to actually “lose” in Stardew Valley.

One of the most appealing aspects of the game is the ability to learn and figure things out for yourself as you go. The game features no tutorial aside from a few quests designed to introduce you to the core mechanics. Therefore, players are expected to experiment for themselves and see what works. This is a gameplay style that should be familiar to any fans of games like Minecraft or Terraria. However, that doesn’t mean that new players will want to have to figure out every single mechanic on their own.

Food And Energy In Stardew Valley

For a game all about farming, it isn’t surprising that food plays a key role in success in Stardew Valley. While your character doesn’t technically need to eat (there is no Hunger meter, you will not starve to death) you will need to eat to keep your energy levels up. Keeping an eye on your character’s energy is vital to maximizing your actions, during the limited daylight hours of a day in Stardew Valley.

What Is Energy?

In the bottom-right corner of the screen, there is a green meter with an “E” at the top. This represents your current energy level. Fishing and using tools consume Energy – weapons do not. At the beginning of the game, the player has a maximum energy of 270; however, eating special items called “Stardrops” can permanently increase this.

If your energy drops to zero, you will become “exhausted”. This is shown by an “X” above the energy meter, as well as a pop-up saying “You fell sluggish from over-exertion.” When exhausted, you will be unable to use fishing poles and your movement speed will be greatly slowed. You will still be able to use energy-draining tools, however, your energy will dip into the negatives.

If your energy reaches minus 15, you will pass out on the spot; if this is outside of your house, you will lose 10% of your current money (up to a maximum of 1,000). Should you raise your energy back above zero, you will regain your lost movement speed. However, you will still be exhausted which will result in restoring 50% less energy when you sleep that night.

How Do I Restore Energy?

There are two main ways to restore your energy in Stardew Valley – sleeping and eating:

  • Sleeping is performed by simply walking up to your bed and selecting “Yes” when asked if you would like to sleep. The time that you go to sleep affects how much energy you recover; for best results, get to bed no later than 12:00 AM.
  • However, you will likely find yourself running low on energy during the day, with no time to take a nap. To quickly restore your energy – or even increase it temporarily – it is necessary to eat food.

How Do I Eat In Stardew Valley?

Before choosing to eat any food, you should first consider whether it is a “positive energy” or a “negative energy” food. Most foods available to you restore lost energy (a fried egg restores 50 energy, for example). However, certain foods such as Sap or Void Mayonaise will cause the player to lose energy.

Now, how to eat in Stardew Valley? To eat, simply open your inventory by pressing either ESC or “E’ and make sure that the food you want to eat is in your hotbar. To do this, place the food in one of the first 10 slots in your inventory.

Once you have the food in your hotbar, you need to hold it. Do this by selecting it in your hotbar, you will see the food item appear above your head. Next, simply right-click on any blank part of the screen and select “yes” when asked if you want to eat it. You should see your energy refill immediately.

Meet the author

My name is Darren Grantham and I am the founder of I have always been passionate about video games. When Stardew Valley came out, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to dive in! I quickly realized I wanted to run a fansite for Stardew Valley and here we are! I’ve had this site for a little over a year now and it is still tons of fun! My wife Sarah is now making videos to add even more fun to this project! 😊

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