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How to Craft & Use The Drying Rack in Sons of The Forest

Shane Williams

Sons of The Forest is a sequel to The Forest and it was finally launched on February 24th 2023. As you may already know if you played the previous game, getting a good supply of food at the start of the game is pretty tricky, so the Drying Rack is a great way to prevent letting food go to waste.

Select the Drying Rack from your "Guide Book" iconGuide Book.

Drying Rack Recipe in Sons of The Forest

Name Requirement
Drying Rack 13 "Stick" iconSticks

There are many different ways of preventing hunger in Sons of The Forest, such as Cereal, Chocolate, MREs and "Canned Food" iconCanned Food. But, these won’t last very long and you won’t always be guaranteed, so you want to avoid relying on them. Thankfully, each "Fish" iconFish will replenish half of your hunger bar (which is located above your map at the bottom right of the screen). However, if you have a lot of fish a lot of it will become moldy and inedible which is where the Drying Rack comes in handy.

(1 of 2) Place down the blueprint

Place down the blueprint (left), then interact with it to place the sticks. (right)

Drying Racks are relatively simple to craft, as all you’ll need is a lot of "Stick" iconSticks which can either be found on the floor or by destroying bushes to cause them to fall. However, a stick isn’t always guaranteed to drop, but it seems to drop more often when destroying the red bushes. Besure to have a decent melee weapon equipped, such as a Spear so you can defend yourself against wild enemies or cannibals. Alternatively, you can send out "Kelvin" iconKelvin to fetch for some sticks.

How To Craft a Drying Rack

Once you’ve acquired the required amount sticks for the Drying Rack, open up the "Guide Book" iconGuide Book by pressing B-Key, then hold X-Key to bring up the crafting section. Here you’ll want to select the Storage Option which is the fourth one down, then you’ll want to select the Drying Rack and you’ll be presented with a Template that you’ll need to place. After you’ve found a spot and placed it down, press E-Key to place the required amount of sticks, then it’ll be ready for use.

How To Use The Drying Rack

(1 of 2) Interact with the Drying Rack to bring up your inventory

Interact with the Drying Rack to bring up your inventory (left), then select the meats to place them on the rack. (right)

With the Drying Rack finally set up you’ll need to have some form of meat in your inventory which can be acquired by killing animals, such as deer in the wild or by killing fish with a spear. Alternatively, if you have "Kelvin" iconKelvin, your friendly companion with you, then you can send him out on fish duty and he’ll bring back a large quantity over time.

After you’ve got the goods, return to the Drying Rack and interact with it by pressing E-Key and place the meat to begin the drying phase. Unfortunately, it’ll take a while, so its best you leave it to do its thing whilst you’re building/exploring etc.


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    22 February 2023
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