How to Survive the Lime, Bacon & Avocado Shortage

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chicken sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado. (T.Tseng/flickr)

It's a dark day for foodies in America.

Shortages of limes and pork have sent prices sky high—margaritas are up a dollar in some cities, and Alaska Airlines had to cut limes all together from the drink menu. And now a potential shortage of avocados has people worried.

How will we make guacamole? Eat BLTs? Enjoy a cold, tasty mojito?

For help in these bleak and scary times, we turn to Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful podcast. He has some recipe ideas for how to replace the seemingly irreplaceable limes, avocados, and bacon.


Dan Pashman

Produced by:

Allie Ferguson


T.J. Raphael

Comments [5]

Nikki & David Goldbeck from New York

In our cookbook "American Wholefoods Cuisine" (Ceres Press) we use fried provelone cheese (adopted from Greek cuisine) to substitute for bacon in a 'CLT.' We call it 'cheeson.'- Nikki & David Goldbeck

Apr. 10 2014 04:23 PM
miriam swartz from Manhattan

C'mon John: Kosher observant people for decades have know that a perfectly acceptable substitute for bacon is a commercial product called Beef Fry, or, in a pinch, Romanian pastrami.

Apr. 10 2014 03:54 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

People who have cocktails which includes limes, will adopt their disapproval within a couple of rounds and completely forget about the shortage in no time.

Could Onion dip make a comeback to guacamole and the avocado shortage?

Soy chorizo mixed in with a turkey bacon would suck, but it would be something to consider with a cocktail that had no lime

Apr. 10 2014 02:19 PM

No please don't take away my bacon.

Apr. 10 2014 12:07 PM
Tom from Sewickley, PA

Smoked Gouda is a great way to add bacon flavor to food without the bacon. It has the smoky, salty and fatty elements.

Apr. 10 2014 09:43 AM

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