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Articles by Kirsten Bourne

Kirsten Bourne is the marketing director for the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses in San Francisco, which includes Bi-Rite Market, Creamery, Catering, Farms, and non-profit 18 Reasons. Prior to joining Bi-Rite she worked as a buyer for Williams-Sonoma and in advertising as an account manager at Grey Worldwide.

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Photo by Luce Beaulieu

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

Staff recipe: Catch-all Cilantro Sauce by Alli Ball, grocery department

1 cup cilantro 2 cloves garlic 1 jalapeno ½ cup walnuts 1/3 cup lemon juice ¼ tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. black pepper.

Combine the above ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth: Add up to ¼ cup water to thin to des... Read more