I usually have a bunch of oddball ingredients leftover from the stuff I make during the holidays — a can of pumpkin puree, half a box of powdered sugar, and partial bags of chocolate chips. I also end up with an assortment of prepackaged food that I get as gifts and never get around to using. (I think I still have a set of test tube shots from Christmas 2009. Does liquor go bad?)
If your friends and family bake, they probably have a bunch of leftovers they don’t know what to do with it, either. And someone you know probably got a gift basket, ate all the good stuff (i.e. the chocolate) and left the tiny jars of hot mustard and weird crackers behind.
So, start a new post-holiday tradition — an un-stock the pantry party. Invite everyone to come over with their leftover ingredients and try to come up with new recipes. If you don’t have a big kitchen, see if someone who does will host it if you offer to clean up afterwards. You can open those prepackaged food items to snack on while you bake, and drink the booze leftover from New Year’s Eve.
If you can’t come up with ideas on your own, you can search Pinterest, or use a site like My Fridge Food, where you choose your ingredients and it generates recipes based on what you have.
It’ll clear your cabinets for the New Year and help beat the post-holiday party withdrawals.