I can't seem to find any guidelines on this, but I seem to recall seeing a few questions back in the early days of the "I just came into a large quantity of [x]. How do I use it up?" ilk. Are those kinds of questions OK?
My inclination here is no, we should deem these examples off-topic under the "what can I do with X" custom close reason. If no dish would normally contain large quantities of X, however, that might fit under the "no culinary uses" exception. (That's not the case with eggs or almonds, I don't think.)
Note also that "how can I preserve X?" may well be a good question!
I do hate to ban categories questions as much as anyone, but I'm afraid that this type of question does appear to be the kind of thing that can attract a large number of equally good answers.
(This answer is not meant to be laying down the law, of course - vote and comment as you see fit!)
To back up a bit, that close reason is all about trying to avoid long-list questions (i.e. too-broad questions) but without getting into a debate about whether things are too broad on every question in this category. The exception carves out an area where there are not likely to be a lot of possibilities (so the question is less broad) and on top of that, the potential answers are not likely to be well-known (so the question is even more useful).
So in looking at these questions, we should think primarily about how broad they are, i.e. how long the list of answers would be. It seems that both the egg question and the almond question are fairly broad. There are a rather large number of possible things one can make with a lot of eggs or a lot of almonds. If they were less generic ingredients, that might be different, but these are pretty common things. So it makes sense to lump the egg question and the almond question in with the rest of "what can I do with X?"
To get an idea of how to make this all consistent, we can simply try to apply the "no culinary uses" exception. Usually we're asking "is X normally an ingredient." This is pretty much the same, except X is a large quantity of something, not just any amount. So we should then ask: is "a lot of X" something that's generally regarded as a possible ingredient in a recipe? If so, the close reason applies. If not, the exception applies.
Using those rules, we might say:
- "...a lot of eggs" - off-topic, since it's common for dishes to be mostly made of eggs.
- "...a lot of fresh mint" - on-topic, since it's uncommon for dishes to mostly be made of mint.
I don't see how this is any different from the close explanation:
Questions of the form "What can I do with [ingredient]?" are off-topic because they are subjective and lead to a long list of equally good suggestions, which is not compatible with the Stack Exchange format. See Culinary Uses Guidelines for details. Exceptions are made for items which are not generally considered to have any culinary use.
We already have this as off topic.
Eggs (and almonds) are clearly culinary products. I don't see how adding "a large quantity" makes this any less subjective of a question.
I believe this type of question is off topic and should be closed.
I understand why someone would say it's off topic, but I look at Seasoned Advice not just for ADVICE, but for inspiration as well. Yes, you may get many equally good answers. All the better!! I've seen many questions on other Stack Overflow boards with similar issues. After the answers start repeating, the questions are closed, but remain available for others to view.
I keep thinking about the issues of cooking "Seasonally". Those are the times that you get a LOT of xyz items. If my garden just produced a HUGE crop of xyz, and I don't want it to go to waste, both "How do I preserve it?" and "How do I use a lot of it?" both seem like good questions. Especially on the more common things to come from someone's garden, like corn, tomatoes, hot peppers, eggplant, etc.
All that said, people aren't growing EGGS in their garden, but I think the choice of ingredient shouldn't matter.