After hearing the depressing news that Americans waste -- just straight-up throw out -- a full quarter of the food we grow, raise, harvest and produce, we presented Seven Tasty Ways to Stop Wasting Food. Naturally, readers chimed in with lots of tips of their own, but perhaps most salient was Pearmelon's simple admonition to "buy less, buy better."
Buying less not only prevents us from tossing out more, but I've always found that having fewer ingredients forces me to be more creative and diligent about eating what I do have lying around -- especially if it's higher quality, tastier stuff. But monks make awful dinner party hosts, and around this time, when we're entertaining and celebrating, many of us will be buying food in jumbo bunches and econo-packs. Here, then, are a few more tips on how to ride out the wave of leftovers and unused bits sure to pile up in your fridge soon.