Included in the following calculations are cost-related ingredients only, such as crops and plants. For example, corn, blueberries, red peppers, lemons, etc.

Farmables, e.g. milk, flour, meats, water, vanilla, ice cubes, etc., will not be taken into financial account, but will be given small thought with regard to time spent farming. This is because although there is an initial investment in the stands, you can't really advance the game without the purchase. Once the initial investment has been made, the ingredients will refill indefinitely over time and therefore it becomes virtually impossible to gauge their cost per recipe.

As a general rule, no matter the cost, all recipes should be Expertly mastered in order to achieve all gold stars possible in order to advance the game. However, once all the stars are achieved, it may or may not be necessary to perform Expert levels. The following calculations should only be strongly taken into consideration after Expert has been mastered and you are free to choose whatever recipe level you wish.

Plants will often be divided in order to find out cost per item. For example, a single purchase of a single square of onions costs $25 and yields 3 onion items. Therefore, the $25 needs to be divided by 3. This isn't clean because it divides into $8.3333333 and so on, or 8.4. This still isn't very feasible because you are only able to use whole numbers to purchase items, so I will be rounding the cost up to 9. This does skew the numerical results, but personally I prefer to prepare to overpay and be surprised by a greater profit rather than calculate for underpay and be surprised by not having enough money. So! Onto the tables.

Vegetable Skewers
1 Red Pepper


2 Onions $18
Total Cost $43
Total Payout $84
Total Profit $41
2 Red Peppers $50
2 Onions $18
1 Corn $125
Cost $193
Payout $200
Profit $7
2 Red Peppers $50
2 Onions $18
1 Corn $125
1 Orange Pepper


Cost $293
Payout $300
Profit $7
Conclusion Basic is the best option.