So I just watched the latest stream and heard how its planned that food will eventually rot. I’m sure the time will be fair, in a sense, so that you don’t end up with food rotting too fast and you can never get enough to meet daily update requirements or feed a large population of hearthlings. However, I would always like an option to extend the time it takes to rot. So perhaps something like salt or an ice box can be added to the game at one point which helps to preserve food.
For the ice box specifically, I would imagine it would be a container crafted by the blacksmith which could store, idk, 10 food and double the time it takes for them to rot. For salt, the cook could use two pieces of salt and a piece of food to give it an extra day before rotting.
This way once you get to a large enough population, you can still have a good sized storage of food, and it won’t rot too quickly.