If you’re anything like us, bacon factors heavily into your diet. As a side with scrambled eggs or crumbled atop an otherwise virtuous salad, bacon is hugely versatile. Equally adaptive: Bacon grease, which, when strained, can be stored in the fridge for up to a month and used to make any of these 18 out-of-this-world breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts.

RELATED: Proof That Bacon Makes Everything Better

bacon fat breakfast skillet

Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet

Dial up your veggie brunch hash by stirring in rendered bacon fat.

Get the recipe

bacon fat french toast

Caramel Banana French Toast

Craving something sweeter? Try this thick French toast that’s fried in leftover bacon grease.

Get the recipe

bacon fat biscuits

Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits

Good luck eating just one of these biscuits that have bacon fat mixed into their batter.

Get the recipe

bacon fat eggs

Deviled Eggs

Presenting the easiest way to win your next dinner party: Deviled eggs with bacon fat mixed in with the yolks.

Get the recipe

RELATED: The Delicious Egg Hack You Have to Try

bacon Fat kale

Stir-Fried Kale and Bacon

This killer side dish couldn’t be easier--the kale is sautéed in the pan you cook the bacon in.

Get the recipe

Bacon fat brownies

Bacon Brownies

Just when you thought brownies couldn't get any better.

Get the recipe

bacon fat mayonnaise

Bacon Mayonnaise

Mixed in a high-powered blender, this combination of bacon grease, eggs, lemon juice and a few other things you’ve probably got on hand will take any sandwich to the next level.

Get the recipe

bacon fat salad
How Sweet Eats

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

The slightest drizzle of bacon fat might not be the most wholesome salad dressing ever--but it is the most game-changing.

Get the recipe

bacon fat cornbread

Buttermilk Bacon Grease Corn bread

The addition of melted bacon grease to an otherwise classic corn-bread batter makes all the difference in this super-comforting side.

Get the recipe

baon fat popovers

Garlic Parmesan Popovers

Surprisingly easy to make (no mixer necessary!), these popovers are cooked in pans greased with bacon fat.

Get the recipe

bacon fat soup

Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Soup

Jalapeños sautéed in bacon fat are an absolutely delightful addition to this insanely rich and warming soup.

Get the recipe

bacon fat bakedchicken

Honey Mustard Baked Chicken with Potatoes and Bacon

Chicken browned in bacon fat equals chicken fat and bacon fat. AKA, the best dinner ever.

Get the recipe

bacon fat scallops

Scallops with Spinach and Bacon

Sear scallops in bacon fat and serve with more bacon on top for a glorious play on surf and turf.

Get the recipe

bacon fat bourbon

Bacon Infused Bourbon

This takes about 24 hours, start to finish (the process involves combining and freezing bacon fat and bourbon before removing the solidified fat), but the results are worth the wait.

Get the recipe

Bacon Fat Popcorn

Bacon Fat Popcorn

Popcorn popped in bacon fat and topped with more bacon: Your movie-going experience will never be the same.

Get the recipe

bacon fat cookies

Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just a teaspoon of bacon fat is mixed into this cookie dough. Not too much to be overpowering but just enough to add another layer of flavor.

Get the recipe

bacon fat gingersnaps

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps     

Unlike the previous recipe, this one calls for a whole three-quarter cup of bacon fat, which, mixed with pretty standard cookie ingredients, yields a treat that’s spicy and salty and not too sweet.

Get the recipe

bacon fat caramels

Maple Bacon Fat Caramels

An excellent gift, these caramels combine sugar, maple syrup and heavy cream with rendered bacon fat for a taste that’s more savory than usual.

Get the recipe

RELATED: The One Thing That Will Make Your Bacon Even Crispier

From Around The Web