I recently read that if you rinse bacon with cold water it will prevent the bacon from shrinking by 75%. Does this really work? I put it to the test.
My experiment began as I washed separated pieces of Gwaltney Hardwood Smoked Bacon in cold water. This is when I discovered the first problem with rinsing bacon. It is incredibly hard to stomach early in the morning due to the fatty “slime factor” of the meat and water mixing.
My second problem? When you rinse bacon, your sink becomes coated with fat and has to be both scrubbed and disinfected. Again, not something you want to do before your morning coffee.
Does rinsing bacon really keep it from shrinking? No, it doesn’t. Not only was the bacon almost smaller than normal, but it had a strange consistency after it had been rinsed and cooked. Furthermore, the flavor was a bit “off,” making it unappetizing for most of the family.
So the next time you are ready to cook bacon, skip the rinsing and go right to the frying pan. Your bacon will taste much better no matter what the size!