Stardew Valley allows players to cook dishes out of existing ingredients via a recipe. Some cooking ingredients are used in only one recipe, but some are required for multiple recipes.

Of all the ingredients in Stardew Valley, what 5-10 ingredients are used in the most recipes, and what recipes are they used for?

(I'd love a list of all ingredients with the number of recipes they're used in, but that's rather out of the scope of a question on this site.)

Reason (potential early-game spoiler):

I'm hoping to make the best use of my upgraded house's fridge space. (I'd ask what the best ingredients to put in the fridge are, but that's opinion-based and therefore not appropriate for this site, either.)

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    This seems at least somewhat opinionated, not to mention has an arbitrary cutoff. A full list of recipes and their ingredients would be a fine question, so long as someone doesn't have to write a book to answer it. – Frank Nov 8 '17 at 20:35
  • It does have an arbitrary cutoff. The full list of recipes is on the SDV wiki page, so I'm not looking for redundant information here. It's more a matter of organization. The intent is opinionated, which is why I made it objective by asking for which ingredients are used in the most recipes (objective, clear limit), as opposed to what I should put in my fridge (subjective). – jvriesem Nov 13 '17 at 21:16
  • So, basically, you just want us to replicate a portion of that list, because....? – Frank Nov 13 '17 at 22:08
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    @Frank: As I said in my previous comment, I'm not looking for replication of information elsewhere. I'm looking for reorganization of information elsewhere...which is what many (most?) questions on the SX sites are asking for. The reason is because I was wondering, and I believe it to be non-redundant information that would be useful to the broader community. See the answer I accepted below for what I'm looking for. – jvriesem Nov 16 '17 at 20:59

Unsurprisingly, the 5 most common ingredients in all of Stardew Valley's recipes are some of the most common ingredients in a real kitchen: flour, sugar, milk, oil, and eggs.

I took all ingredients listed on the Cooking page of the Stardew wiki and compiled them to find the ones used the most. Each ingredient is linked to a list of recipes it is used in.

Put together, these 5 ingredients are used in 40 of the 71 cooking recipes, not counting recipes that need a cooked dish using one of those base ingredients as an ingredient, such as the Farmer's Lunch having Omelet as an ingredient.

The next most used ingredient is Tomato, with 6 different instances. After that, we fall to several ingredients used only in 3 or 4 recipes.

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    If you compiled this info for the entire list of recipes, would you mind posting the rest of it, as well? – jvriesem Nov 13 '17 at 21:17

It took a little while, but I compiled a list of the most common items.

  1. Wheat Flour (18)
  2. Sugar (14)
  3. Milk (10)
  4. Oil (10)
  5. Egg (7)
  6. Tomato (6)
  7. Vinegar (4)
  8. Cranberries (4)
  9. Cave Carrot (4)
  10. Cheese (3)
  11. Bread (3)
  12. Mushroom (3)
  13. Pumpkin (3)
  14. Red Cabbage (3)

I also made a post on reddit with a bit more detail.

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