This sounds like a bizarre thing to do, but we’re talking about less bacon shrinkage! Rinse your bacon before you cook it and you’ll have longer strips to enjoy.
This tip has been circling around the interwebs for a while. Fran at the Franalan blog put it to the test and confirmed her bacon did not shrink. I, sadly, do not have any bacon on hand to rinse, but if it’s on a Snapple real facts cap, it’s definitely worth a try.
Also, cooking bacon in the oven definitely is a superior method, but if you want to cook it in a skillet, Cooking Light suggests you could also prevent some shrinkage by starting with a cold pan and flipping often.
Correction: A lot of people have put this to more strict testing and found that the rinsing doesn’t do much—instead, cooking it in the oven is likely what causes the larger bacon. The takeaway? Cook your bacon in the oven, folks!