Does Rinsing Bacon Keep It From Shrinking?

Katherine, 27 April 2010,
Categories: Food and Drink
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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!

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7 Responses, Leave a Reply
  1. Joanie Raisovich
    29 April 2010, 2:07 am

    That’s too funny!

    I have found that frying bacon in the oven helps it to shrink less. Put it on a rack and bake it. It “fries” in the oven and doesn’t curl and shrink quite as much.


  2. Jen
    29 April 2010, 3:43 am

    I cook my bacon in the microwave. It doesn’t shrink up but it looks like old shoe leather and tastes about the same.


  3. Billy Randford
    30 April 2010, 8:49 am

    It seems like rinsing bacon would keep the bacon from becoming too crunchy. Chewy bacon is better than burnt bacon!


  4. Rhonda Grice
    09 May 2010, 4:53 pm

    Well, I laughed so hard at this post, I nearly fell out of my chair:) this morning. It reminded me so much of me, because I’m always trying things I hear too. I cook my bacon in the microwave and it’s great. The key is to not overcook it. Start with about 45 seconds for every piece you have, you can always cook more it that is not enough. I also put a paper towel down first, then another on on top of the bacon.


    Katherine Reply:

    I’ll try the microwave! I’ve used the oven, but that is a harder cleanup than a frying pan. Honestly…. rinsing bacon with water first thing in the morning..? EWWWW!


  5. Chess Franklin
    17 April 2011, 11:07 pm

    Skip frying method, it isn’t really healthy. Go cook with a microwave or oven.


  6. Tony Jones
    07 September 2011, 10:02 pm

    I agree with Chess. Cooking food in an oven is a much healthier option. It limits the use of oil which is obviously not healthy for the body.


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