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Drying Rack
Drying Rack Build
Crafting Twigs ×3 Charcoal ×2 Rope ×3
Tab Icon Food
Tier Science Machine
Perk Dry meats
DebugSpawn "meatrack"
Yum, meaty leather!


The Drying Rack is a Food Tab structure which allows the player to dry most Meats, most Fish, and Seaweed into dried food items, such as Jerky, Small Jerky, Monster Jerky, Dried Jellyfish and Dried Seaweed. Dried food items take significantly longer to spoil and often provide better Health and Sanity compared to raw food used in the rack or their cooked versions. It requires 3 Twigs, 2 Charcoal, and 3 Rope to craft and a Science Machine to prototype. Meat, Monster Meat, Morsel, Frog LegsFishEel, Drumstick and Batilisk Wing (and Dead Dogfish, Fish Morsels, Raw Fish, Dead Swordfish, Tropical Fish, Dead Jellyfish and Seaweed in ShipwreckedShipwrecked icon) can all be dried.

Restoring all three bars fairly well, Jerky is useful to prepare for long trips into unknown territory where the only food might be Monster Meat.

Meat Dried Time required
MeatJerky2 days
(Dead Dogfish Dead Swordfish Raw FishShipwrecked icon)Jerky1 day
Monster MeatMonster Jerky1 day
Batilisk WingSmall Jerky2 days
Morsel Frog Legs Fish Drumstick Eel (Fish Morsel Tropical FishShipwrecked icon)Small Jerky1 day
(Dead JellyfishShipwrecked icon)Dried Jellyfish1 day
(SeaweedShipwrecked icon)Dried Seaweed1 day


Only uncooked meats can be dried into Jerky. Jerky, Small Jerky, and Monster Jerky can all be created using a Drying Rack, each of which spoils much more slowly than either their fresh or fire-cooked counterparts. Dried foods also provide a greater health bonus when eaten. For example, a Small Jerky provides 8 Health, while a Cooked Morsel provides only 1 health; large Jerky provides 20 health, while Cooked Meat provides only 3 health. Monster Jerky still drains health and sanity, but to a lesser degree.

How all the meats look on the drying rack.

Unlike cooking meat, the jerky created will always be completely fresh, instead of having half less spoilage than the meat used. This means a spoiled morsel can be dried to get a completely fresh piece of Jerky. Meat left on the racks do not spoil until collected.

Note that while meat always becomes jerky, and monster meat always becomes monster jerky, small jerky may be made by drying any of the following:

  • Morsel
  • Frog Legs
  • Drumstick
  • Batilisk Wing
  • Fish
  • Eel
  • Fish Morsel (Shipwrecked icon)
  • Tropical Fish (Shipwrecked icon)

Morsel, Frog Legs, Monster Meat, Fish and Drumstick take only one day to dry, whereas Batilisk Wing and Meat take two days.

Reign of Giants iconReign of GiantsEdit

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Jerky left on the Drying Rack will now be affected by spoilage. As well, raining will prevent any meat on the drying rack from drying, making it less effective in Spring.

Prototype TipsEdit

  • Drying Racks are very useful for storing meats. Jerky and Small Jerky take 20 days to completely spoil, while Meat and Morsel will spoil in 6 days, and cooked Meat/Morsel will spoil in 10 days. Storing any kind of jerky in the Ice Box will give 40 days before they spoil, allowing the player to focus on concerns other than gathering fresh food.
  • It is a good idea to try and build at least one drying rack fairly early on (i.e. before the first winter). This then allows you to store meat on the drying rack ready for the winter, and will easily last throughout winter once picked, allowing you to have an emergency food source should you fail to find any one day. Additionally, the jerky versions provide improved stats over regular and cooked meats (in particular, sanity).
  • Drying a Fish, Frog Legs, or Drumstick will turn them into Small Jerky, which prevents it from being used as a specific ingredient for certain Crock Pot meals, such as Fish Sticks (which need fish) or Froggle Bunwich (which need frog legs).
  • All the meat listed above can still be dried during winter. This is a very useful method for restoring health and sanity.

Blueprint GalleryEdit

Craftable Items
Tools Axe (Luxury Axe) • Pickaxe (Opulent Pickaxe) • Shovel (Regal Shovel) • PitchforkHammerRazor
(SaddleWar Saddle Don't Starve Together icon) (Machete (Luxury MacheteObsidian Machete) • Obsidian Axe Shipwrecked icon)
Light CampfireFire PitTorchMiner HatPumpkin LanternLantern
(Endothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitMoggles Reign of Giants icon) (Willow's Lighter Don't Starve Together icon) (ChimineaBottle LanternObsidian Fire Pit Shipwrecked icon)
Nautical Shipwrecked icon SurfboardLog RaftRaftRow BoatCargo BoatArmoured BoatBoat Repair KitThatch SailCloth SailSnakeskin SailFeather Lite SailBoat TorchBoat LanternBoat CannonSea TrapTrawl NetSpyglassCaptain HatPirate HatLife Jacket
Survival Bird TrapTrapCompassBackpackPiggybackThermal StoneHealing SalveHoney PoulticeStraw RollFur RollTentUmbrellaBug NetFishing Rod
(Pretty ParasolLuxury Fan Insulated PackSiesta Lean-to Reign of Giants icon) (Telltale HeartBooster ShotWater BalloonWhirly FanBernie Don't Starve Together icon) (Silly Monkey BallTropical ParasolAnti VenomThatchPackPalm Leaf Hut Shipwrecked icon)
Food Basic FarmImproved FarmBee BoxDrying RackCrock PotIce Box
(Bucket-o-poop Reign of Giants icon) (Mussel Stick Shipwrecked icon)
Science Science MachineAlchemy EngineDivining RodThermal MeasurerRainometerGunpowderLightning Rod
(Ice FlingomaticElectrical Doodad Reign of Giants icon) (Ice Maker 3000 Shipwrecked icon)
Fight SpearHam BatGrass SuitLog SuitMarble SuitFootball HelmetSleep DartFire DartBlow DartBoomerangBee MineTooth Trap
(Battle HelmBattle SpearMorning StarWeather PainScalemail Reign of Giants icon) (Tail o' Three Cats Don't Starve Together icon) (Poison SpearSeashell SuitLimestone SuitPoison DartCoconadeSpeargunPoison SpeargunCutlass SupremeObsidian SpearObsidian ArmourObsidian CoconadeObsidian Speargun Shipwrecked icon)
Structures ChestSignHay WallWood WallStone WallPig HouseRabbit HutchBirdcageFlooring (CobblestonesWooden FlooringCheckerboard FlooringCarpeted Flooring) • Potted Fern
(Scaled ChestSpider Eggs Reign of Giants icon) (Directional SignMoon Rock WallScaled Flooring Don't Starve Together icon) (Limestone WallWildbore HousePrime Ape HutSand BagSand CastleDragoon Den Shipwrecked icon)
Refine RopeBoardsCut StonePapyrusNightmare FuelPurple Gem
(Thick Fur Don't Starve Together icon) (ClothLimestoneGold NuggetIceEmpty Bottle Shipwrecked icon)
Magic Meat EffigyPrestihatitatorShadow ManipulatorPan FluteOne-man BandNight LightNight ArmourDark SwordBat BatLife Giving AmuletChilled AmuletNightmare AmuletFire StaffIce StaffTelelocator StaffTelelocator FocusBelt of Hunger
(Old Bell Reign of Giants icon) (Piratihatitator Shipwrecked icon)
Dress Sewing KitGarlandRabbit EarmuffStraw HatBeefalo HatBeekeeper HatFeather HatBush HatWinter HatTop HatWalking CaneDapper VestBreezy VestPuffy Vest
(Fashion MelonIce CubeSummer FrestFloral ShirtCat CapRain CoatHibearnation VestRain HatEyebrella Reign of Giants icon) (Brain of ThoughtSnakeskin HatSnakeskin JacketBlubber SuitWindbreakerGas MaskSleek Hat Shipwrecked icon)

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