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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Guide

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Woodcutting, Tanning, Cooking | Crafting TES V: Skyrim Guide

Woodcutting

Woodcutting is not a type of activity you can profit from, so you should treat it only as a possibility and certainly not as a necessity - Woodcutting, Tanning, Cooking | Crafting - Crafting - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Guide

Woodcutting is not a type of activity you can profit from, so you should treat it only as a possibility and certainly not as a necessity. If you want to try your chances as a woodcutter, then you must begin by visiting one of the sawmills found in Skyrim. Once you've arrived at the sawmill find a woodcutter's axe, pick it up and activate it from your inventory. The next step is to interact with a chopping block (as seen on the screen above). This should force the main character to automatically start chopping wood. You can sell the materials obtained using this crafting activity, but don't count on receiving a lot of gold for them.

Tanning

Tanning allows you to convert animal hides into leather and leather into leather strips - Woodcutting, Tanning, Cooking | Crafting - Crafting - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Guide

Tanning allows you to convert animal hides into leather and leather into leather strips. All the objects received in this crafting activity are used in smithing. This means you shouldn't ignore tanning if you seriously think about improving your smithing abilities and don't want to waste time or spend money on leather objects. Tanning racks (as the one seen on the screen above) are used for the purpose of this crafting activity. They're usually found where blacksmiths work and one of the racks is located in Riverwood. Check the table seen below for a complete list of activities available after interacting with a tanning rack.

CRAFTED ITEM

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Leather strips (4)

1x leather

Leather

1x fox pelt

Leather

1x ice wolf pelt

Leather

1x snow fox pelt

Leather

1x wolf pelt

Leather

2x goat hide

Leather (2)

1x deer hide

Leather (2)

1x elk hide

Leather (3)

1x cow hide

Leather (3)

1x horse hide

Leather (4)

1x bear pelt

Leather (4)

1x cave bear pelt

Leather (4)

1x sabre cat pelt

Leather (4)

1x snow bear pelt

Leather (4)

1x snow sabre cat pelt

Cooking

Cooking isnt exactly the best way to spend your time in Skyrim - Woodcutting, Tanning, Cooking | Crafting - Crafting - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Guide

Cooking isn't exactly the best way to spend your time in Skyrim. The main reason for that is because most meals offer a very small bonus to health, mana or stamina and this means they're much worse than standard potions, not to mention their best variations. Only a couple of meals offer a larger bonus and are more helpful, however even in this case you shouldn't be spending too much time preparing them, because doing this doesn't allow you to improve any of your skills. If you're desperate and want to become a cook at all cost, then you should visit a kitchen, preferably in a public place and not in someone else's home. Once you're inside the kitchen interact with a cooking pot (as the one seen on the screen above). Check the table seen below for a complete list of meals, stews and soups. It's worth mentioning that almost all ingredients needed for cooking can be obtained by killing wild animals, stealing from kitchens and purchasing items from merchants that specialize in selling food and drinks.

MEAL

INGREDIENTS

EFFECTS

COMMENTS

Apple Cabbage Stew

 

1x red apple

1x cabbage

1x salt pile

Restoring 15 stamina points and 10 health points.

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Beef Stew

1x garlic

1x carrot

1x salt pile

1x raw beef

Increasing stamina by 25 points for 720 seconds. Regenerating 2 stamina points per second (the effect lasts 720 seconds).

This is an interesting meal if you're playing as a warrior and often like to perform power attacks.

Cabbage Potato Soup

 

1x cabbage

1x leek

1x salt pile

1x potato

Restoring 10 health and stamina points.

 

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Cooked Beef

1x salt pile

1x raw beef

Restoring 10 health points.

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Elsweyr Fondue

1x eidar cheese wheel

1x moon sugar

1x ale

Increasing mana by 100 points and improving mana regeneration by 25% (both effects last 720 seconds).

 

This is the best meal you can cook and it's useful to mages for obvious reasons. Moon sugar is a rare alchemy ingredient and you'll also probably have to spend some time looking for the eidar cheese.

Grilled Chicken Breast

1x chicken breast

1x salt pile

Restoring 5 health points.

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Horker Loaf

 

1x horker meat

1x salt pile

Restoring 10 health points.

Horkers are found mostly in northern Skyrim, close to the shore.

Horker Stew

1x garlic

1x lavender

1x horker meat

1x tomato

Restoring 15 health and stamina points. Regenerating 1 health point per second (the effect lasts 720 seconds).

This is an interesting meal if you're playing as a warrior, because you'll use the bonuses to health and stamina. Horkers are found mostly in northern Skyrim, close to the shore.

Horse Haunch

 

1x horse meat

1x salt pile

Restoring 10 health points.

Make sure to check if the horse you want to kill doesn't belong to someone else, because it may be treated as a crime.

Leg of Goat Roast

1x leg of goat

1x salt pile

Restoring 10 health points.

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Mammoth Steak

 

1x salt pile

1x mammoth snout

Restoring 10 health points.

 

If you don't want to engage in any fights you can look around for dead mammoths or only for their snouts.

Pheasant Roast

1x pheasant breast

1x salt pile

Restoring 5 health points.

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Rabbit Haunch

1x salt pile

1x raw rabbit leg

Restoring 5 health points.

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Salmon Steak

1x salmon

1x salt pile

Restoring 5 health points.

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Tomato Soup

1x garlic

1x potato

1x leek

1x salt pile

Restoring 10 health and stamina points.

 

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Vegetable Soup

1x cabbage

1x tomato

1x leek

1x potato

Regenerating 1 health point and 1 stamina point per second (both effects last 720 seconds).

This is an interesting meal if you're playing as a warrior, because you'll use the bonuses to health and stamina.

Venison Chop

 

1x salt pile

1x venison

Restoring 5 health points.

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Venison Stew

1x venison

1x leek

1x salt pile

1x potato

Restoring 15 stamina points. Regenerating 1 health point and 1 stamina point per second (both effects last 720 seconds).

This is an interesting meal if you're playing as a warrior, because you'll use the bonuses to health and stamina.

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