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Do I need to get a maid? And how do I get one? My housecarl Lydia doesn't replenish my food. I see all these videos where they always have food layed out but I know they've been there before and taken it. Mine however has never come back.

I just bought a house in Solitude and would like my food to replenish as I think they have done for others that play but I don't know how it's done.

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There is another explanation for there being videos where houses still have food lying around - they may simply not have taking it in the first place. –  kotekzot Apr 14 '12 at 17:32
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I believe all of the consumables replenish, but it takes several days. In my own experience I'm thinking more of potion ingredients, even when picked and laid out on tables. However I do recall as well that the ale in my room at the College of Winterhold would replenish when I returned from travels. I believe it takes at least 4 game days.

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Yes, I agree. I think everything replenishes but food in your own home. If you live at the college or any other public housing it will. –  Nola Apr 14 '12 at 19:38
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