Meat is a resource that can be gathered from harvesting animals with a knife. The player can eat meat by holding the item and pressing the 'Eat or Drink' button. If the player eats raw meat, the player will have sickness points added to them. Too many sickness points will make the player's movement slower than normal and can kill the player.
In order to prevent getting sick, the player must cook the meat. This can be done by holding a piece of meat. While holding the meat and standing near a fire, the player can then press the 'Build' button and the meat will be removed from the player's hands and cooked. The player can then pick the cooked meat up and eat it for to remove more hunger points than raw meat.