In Dec 2018, the way Survivors interact with fires to cook food, melt snow, and boil water was updated.
You can now bring up these options by interacting directly with a fire, or by interacting with a can or cooking pot that is placed on the fire's cooking spots.
Making water from Snow
- Light a fire. This can be a campfire, fireplace, or wood stove.
- Interact with the fire to see a menu of actions you can take
- Select the WATER option
- Choose a cooking container -- either a Recycled Can or Cooking pot
- Use the Water menu to choose how much snow to melt
- Select COOK.
The snow will gradually melt into water in real time. Your Survivor can do other things while it cooks, or can choose to Pass Time Until Ready by interacting an item that is in the process of cooking.
You can also cook many items by placing them directly on hot cooking surface from the ground or from your Radial menu.
Each food item requires a different amount of time to cook. Keep an eye on cooking items to ensure they are finished before you eat them and be careful not to leave them too long or they could burn or boil dry.