My dad invited me to pick limas with him at ye olde family farm a few weeks ago and since I could drop Phoebe off with my mom, I gladly went.
I was less glad that night at 10pm when I finally finished shelling the buggers and had to blanch and freeze them. The big kids and my husband all sat around shelling with me after supper. We took turns picking songs to play on Youtube - that was fun!
I picked a 5-gallon bucket (my uncle charged me only $10) and ended up with 13 pints in the freezer. We'll enjoy succotash and lima bean chowder this winter, and maybe I'll look around for some new lima recipes, too.
Now, a word about freezing in glass jars from a reader request a few weeks ago: I use glass jars because I'm trying to use less plastic overall. I prefer to use wide-mouth canning jars for freezing because they seem to break less frequently than regular-mouth jars, possibly because the shoulders of the regular-mouth jars are too constraining to the food expanding as it freezes.
I only put glass jars in the freezer if the contents are room temperature or chilled - putting a jar with hot food in it into the freeze stresses the glass and frequently leads to cracks. I always throw away the contents of jars with cracked glass - so frustrating to waste that food, but much less frustrating and scary than injuring my people with a shard of glass.
Another reason I like to use wide-mouth jars is because they stack better and stay stacked; when a stack of jars topples in the freezer, they crash into each other and crack. Sometimes, if a jar has been rapped too many times by a hard object (metal serving spoon, another jar, the granite counter top), the glass is weakened in spots and then it cracks from a change in temperature, whether in the canning pot or the freezer.
I try to leave plenty of headspace - about 2" - although you wouldn't know it from the lima photo on this post, but let's blame that on a late night and an unwillingness to wash more jars. The next time I went to the freezer, I nervously examined each jar of frozen limas to see if any had cracked. Thanks to my canning fairy, they were all fine.