If you read this blog, chances are you love bacon. I mean, you probably really love bacon. You refer to yourself as a bacon aficionado with a genuine sense of pride. Your friends buy you bacon-themed gifts your special occasions and your fridge is never without a pack or two of the delicious, sweet, salty object of your affections.

As a true bacon-lover, we have no doubt that you want to care for your bacon properly. Taking the time to store your bacon correctly means always enjoying your bacon at its freshest and most delicious (not to mention healthiest). To help you keep your bacon in tip-top shape and and scrumptious as possible, here are some valuable pieces of information on the proper care and storage of your bacon.

Bacon Storage

Most bacon comes vacuum-sealed in a handy package that can keep in your fridge for a long time. Be sure to carefully select bacon that will keep at least a long as you plan on storing it. Once opened, if you manage to somehow not cook the entire pack (a feat of self-restraint we salute you for), you can carefully wrap up the rest of the bacon in plastic wrap or place it in a zip-lock bag. An opened pack should be kept no more than one week (but, really, you’ll eat it long before then). Any leftover cooked bacon (if it exists) can be kept in an airtight container of tightly wrapped in plastic for 3-5 days in the fridge, but we expect it to disappear long before then.

Freezing Bacon

Bacon also freezes incredibly well. Uncooked bacon can be kept in the freezer for up to four weeks. Placing the entire package of bacon in the freezer still in its vacuum pack is perfectly fine. If you want to again demonstrate superhuman will power and don’t plan on eating a whole pack of bacon in a single sitting, you can also divide the bacon into individual servings (whatever that means to you), and store each serving in a separate freezer-safe plastic bag. Cooked bacon also freezes very well, and can be kept even longer. Frozen, cooked bacon will keep for up to six weeks, and can be re-heated in a flash to crumble over salads, finish a pasta, of transform an ordinary sandwich into a delightful and filling meal.

Bacon Fat

Its not just the bacon itself that can be delicious beyond belief. The fat that renders off of cooking bacon is also incredibly tasty and can be used for a variety of cooking purposes. After cooking your bacon, let the fat that has accumulated at the bottom of the pan cool until it reaches room temperature. Pour the bacon fat through a sieve to remove any impurities or burnt solids and store in a tightly-covered glass container in either the fridge or freezer. It will keep as long as cooked bacon (a week in the fridge or a couple of months in the freezer).