Editor's note: We all know that cutting down on food waste is both responsible and economical. But where does one start? As part of their recent Food Waste Challenge, San Francisco-based grocery Bi-Rite Market polled their online audience to find out what they wasted most. The following are the top four foods, with some recipes and tips compiled by the store's staff.

Fresh herbs

“Whole bunches of herbs are a challenge. Except for basil, when making pesto, or parsley, I end up drying the rest when I’d really rather have fresh herbs.” –Carrie

I certainly have troubles with herbs as well! They seem to go to waste, as I can never finish using them all.” –Kelly

Slime usually affects cilantro that I do not use fast enough — the stems will slime over whether I keep it in water or in plastic.” –Sharyn