Will The Georgia Bulldogs show-up in Jacksonville 3 p.m. the day after tomorrow ?

It certainly has been an issue with this team whom Kirby really failed to prepare and motivate us to show-up ready to play hard-nosed football against Nicholls State, Ole Miss, Vandie or Missouri.  We just kind of showed-up not motivated to get after their ass but showed good resiliency with heroics by Jacob Eason against both Nicholls State and Missouri as well as against vols.


We took away wins against Nicholls State and Missouri and came-back down nothing to 45 to Ole Miss scoring some late touchdowns with our # 1 unit against their # 3 unit.  Vandie remained a heartbreaker and vols certainly ruined our season as well.


But Saturday all that can be put behind us.


If we can just only do something which in 4 of the 7 – more than half the games so far – this team just really has not done.


To show-up ready to play Georgia Bulldogs’ Football.


5-3 would not get Kirby ranked, but 5-3 is quite a bit different from 4-4.  More than anything else Kirby has to establish himself against our # 1 Rival Florida Gators.


It would seem hard to imagine us showing-up not ready to play.


Most especially after last week.


I know I’m excited to see us have any coach who can beat Florida in Jacksonville after Vince Dooley.


That would be quite a shot in the arm for Kirby should he pull it off.


Las Vegas thinks otherwise establishing Florida Gators as 7-point favorites at the site of the annual Gator Bowl where Kirby’s predecessor Mark Richt lost 11 of 16 games.


If Kirby wants to do something about the Culture around here, this would be it.  Show-up kick some butt.



I never figured game 8 next Kirby still would not have played his freshmen class – not given them the opportunity to help us out. It’s unacceptable.

I am not going to put-up with Kirby not playing his freshmen class next year too.  I want to nip it in the  bud now.


Roster mismanagement.



Is it a results-oriented analysis that says it is too early to judge Kirby because he lost to Vandie when YOU figured we lose to vols and Ole Miss anyway ? Or is it the PROCESS that has us here today where we are 2016 – this FOUNDATION – that is CLEAR for ALL to see that Kirby is just in-over his head ? I like Kirby. But this is not what I signed-up for – nor his freshmen.

Anyone who has followed any press meeting 2016 knows Kirby is in over his head.


But is that the only area where Kirby really is criticized rightfully ?


You’re results-oriented in your analysis that it’s just too soon to judge Kirby because he lost to 2 teams you figured he’d lose to (both of whom have LESS talent according to Scout.com’s rankings of the last 5 recruiting classes who with redshirt were the teams playing each other) and because he lost to Vandie. Don’t over-react we’re rather uniformly cautioned.


It’s the basis – the foundation – the PROCESS if you will that is just too plain to see. You see it’s too obvious to ignore, not the scores and not the won/lost record, but the process which has resulted in our 2016 wasted campaign.


THIS is where we’re in deep trouble.


(1)It is plain to all that Kirby joined-up the head coaching ranks having coached 1 year as Mark Richt’s running backs’ coach 2005 and has no involvement with the offense ever anywhere otherwise.

(2)Likewise Kirby has not been involved with special teams anywhere at any time for any reason.

(3)Our offense is a mess. It started with Kirby stating that he STILL did not know whom it was who was his QB Monday and Tuesday after the North Carolina game still giving the # 1 snaps to Greyson Lambert. It continued with the running backs first giving Nick Chubb 38 carries vs. North Carolina coming-off a 3-ligament surgery while Nick Chubb has not been the same since instead of playing Brian Herrien whom I thought and still do should have started the North Carolina game. And it continues through the receivers who going into game 8 next Kirby also has not settled on. Has he even tried his receivers he might have on the roster who might be able to actually catch a Jacob Eason pass ? No. And then there is the offensive line and how they completely bungled not only the Vandie game but have absolutely been unable to impose their will all season long against anyone. And not to leave out the glut at tight ends Kirby is unbending there as well leaving the logjam rather than moving one of them out wide since they ALL seem fully capable of catching Jacob Eason’s passes.

(4)The biggest problem with Kirby however is that he is headstrongly against playing freshmen when he lost 22 seniors off last year’s team and knew coming-in he would have to play his freshmen. Game 8 next, he still has not.


No sir. The process which has gotten us to this mess is the problem. What mess is it we’re in ? This is our last chance for any semblance of redemption for the entire 2016-2017 season – that we beat Florida Saturday at 3:30 when basically every Bulldog fan has given-up on the season and no longer bothers doesn’t care anymore. Harsh reality.


  1. There is no excuse for not recognizing Jacob Eason.
  2. There is no excuse for redshirting Ben Cleveland.
  3. There is no excuse for not moving guys around to get best players on the field in the Spring such as tight ends to relieve the logjam there and shortfall at receiver.
  4. There is no excuse for Nick Chubb 38 carries 1st game after 3 ligament surgery.
  5. There is no excuse for not playing Brian Herrien a LOT more.
  6. There is no excuse for hiring a head coach with no experience on offense or special teams.
  7. There is no excuse for Kirby’s antics in every press meeting.
  8. There is no excuse for not playing the freshmen he himself signed here.
  9. There is no excuse for the play-calling on offense all season.


I am sorry it is so easy to see that Kirby clearly is in over his head.


You make-up whatever excuses you want for 45 to nothing vs Ole Miss whom we should have been able to play nor losing to the vols nor the loss to Vandie…


But it’s Kirby’s process which has got him to this that is not in question but is instead by stark contrast completely utterly and fully ridiculous .




On the job training ?


For $5 million 400 thousand dollars with incentives for 2016 not counting retirement nor unlimited expense account ?


I am sorry Greg McGarity  Jere Morehead and the search firm but Kirby is in over his head and you and all the rest of us know that.  Who is going to teach him – you, Greg McGarity ?


I am sorry to report that Nick Saban did NOT teach Kirby offense special teams talent recognition or the basics of getting his best 11 on the field.  In short, Nick Saban did not size-up what Kirby does NOT have any experience at and teach him these areas he is WEAKEST at.  Instead Nick Saban raped Kirby for defense ONLY.  There is no development there.  These 9 numbered points are irrefutable.


Will he learn the job ?


Well he is smart enough to learn the job – although I see no AD with head coaching experience or football knowledge to steer him in the right directions.  Kirby has been unable to step-back and see the overall.  He’s been too detailed in ALL the areas of the team which is a common mistake for 1st time managers I was taught at UGA.  So the big picture has been missed.  What MOSTLY did we need to do ?  You know back in Spring when he finally showed-up.


Will Kirby, who has the capacity to learn, actually learn the job with no one to teach the job to him ?  I say Kirby will not learn the job if he doesn’t play his freshmen again in 2017 as he has not 2016.  I think this is his major hang-up and why we as a fan base have become numbed by all of his mistakes.  Yes, he has made a ton on the field too, but I remain focused on HIS PROCESS rather than those mistakes because some of those can be learned over time.  But play his freshmen when he HATES on all freshmen ?  I don’t see him learning that.  I see us 2017 having our best class ever next year and him NOT PLAYING THEM EITHER.


I have banged my head against his on the freshmen from the get-go.  Game 8.   And whom among the freshmen class has Kirby done what he SAID he would do after 4 or 5 practices – recognize if they are ELITE and play them ?  You certainly can NOT point to Jacob Eason because of all the freshmen he is the one who MAKES MY POINT that the freshmen HAD TO PLAY.


If Kirby is going to be that pig-headed about freshmen – even Jacob Eason – will Kirby torture us and all the freshmen again 2017 and not play them either when obviously Jacob Eason has done very well and hundreds of other freshmen on EVERY TEAM in America 2016.


I am sorry to report that I  do NOT see Kirby playing his freshmen 2017 EITHER.  Why would I ?


No sir.  I will FIRE HIS ASS if Kirby does this again 2017 and refuses to play his freshmen again.


And you know I can MAKE IT STICK.


I do not think Kirby is a quick study of talent.


I like Kirby.  But this is not what I signed-up for – nor his freshmen.




Kirby will be criticized again next year 2017 for not practicing putting them in the game and letting the freshmen play THIS YEAR. Why ? “The prospects understand there are a lot of opportunities to come in and play. That’s what we’re selling.” Kirby

“The prospects understand there are a lot of opportunities to come in and play.  That’s what we’re selling.”  Kirby


Why will Kirby be criticized because he is selling that which he knows he does not want to do.  Play freshmen. Because they will kick-ass next year this 2016 freshmen class – wasted as they ALL everyone are all season game 8 next.


You’re too conservative Kirby.


It all started with his criticizing of Jacob Eason and stating that he could NOT tell who was better Greyson Lambert or Jacob Eason – so he gave Jacob Eason not one single snap all Spring with the # 1 unit and WAS STILL practicing Greyson Lambert with the # 1 unit all Fall Practice too except for 9 practices, not preparing Jacob Eason with the # 1 unit and they with him.   2 weeks Kirby gave Jacob Eason snaps with the # 1 unit ALL SPRING AND ALL FALL.  Were they the last 2 weeks even in the Fall ?


Hell no.


The last entire week of Fall Practice ONLY Greyson Lambert got snaps with the # 1 unit.


In fact, Monday and Tuesday AFTER the North Carolina win, Kirby not only did NOT recognize Jacob Eason as 1 of the top 8 best players but in fact STILL had Greyson Lambert practicing with the # 1 unit Monday and Tuesday Nicholls State game.  Why did we struggle ?


Then he had his issues with injured running backs and NEVER put in Brian Herrien.  Cameo appearances only for Brian Herrien is down right criminal.  Kirby said Brian Herrien needed to learn to block somewhat better.


Ben Cleveland redshirted.  I mean Kirby.  Jesus Christ.  This is your TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMAN HELP you added for 2016.  And what did you say ?  You said that your OL sucked 2016 Kirby.  That’s right.  But Ben Cleveland is the ONLY recruit 2016 who will NEVER SEE THE FIELD.


And with THIS BLOCKING WE JUST SAW by the OL against Vandie.


Jesus Christ Kirby.


Wide Receivers ?  Kirby stood-up tall and answered the question about Mecole Hardman Jr. saying that Kirby WOULD play him if after 4 or 5 practices Kirby saw him as Elite.  Well Kirby this is GAME 8 now boy coming-up.  Not 1 punt return not 1 kick-off return not 1 pass not 1 hand him the ball.  Has Kirby played him at defensive back where Kirby said he has slotted him at ONLY ?  No sir.  Redshirted Mecole Hardman Jr. for SEVERAL GAMES until Mecole Hardman Jr. became UNGLUED and HAD IT OUT with Kirby.  Now, he gets 1 play per game tackling on special teams ONLY.


Do we have to break-down the ENTIRE freshmen class 2016 ?


All Kirby has done is to in public put-down berate admonish chastise and lambaste EVERY freshman ALL YEAR and still GAME 8 has not played them when what do we know ?  Well ladies and gentleman after ALL Kirby did and said to Jacob Eason, I do believe that Jacob Eason has PROVEN KIRBY INCORRECT on his analysis of him and that Kirby did not know what he was doing with Jacob Eason and that Kirby did NOT prepare Jacob Eason AT ALL. Not.


Hasn’t he ?


So where the HELL are the freshmen Kirby ?


Where ?


3 passes you threw all year is all Kirby has allowed Charlie Woerner to catch.  3.  Game 8 next week.




Riley Ridley had only 2 passes thrown to him before last week.  2.  Seriously Kirby ?


Isaac Nauta ?  Do you spread him out wide and fill-in your hole at receiver with the glut of Tight Ends as I called for January 12 Kirby ?  No sir.   Isaac Nauta has started only 1 game all season as our top threat for catching passes.  Isaac Nauta has been BENCHED not starting EITHER of the LAST 2 GAMES.  That is how bad this misuse of our Freshmen Class # 7 nationally has been.


Kirby has thrown the ball 30 times to Isaiah McKenzie and half that to Isaac Nauta.  Just damn.


There is not 1 NFL talent scout who would agree with that twice as many throws to Isaiah McKenzie and half as many to Isaac Nauta.


Sony Michel Game 8 next he has 11 catches all season.




2 passes all season long until last week is all Kirby has thrown to Javon Wims.


Why say you need receivers Kirby ?


You will not play the ones you do have.


Jackson Harris has 1 pass all season thrown to him.  Honestly, I see Jackson Harris as one of the very best.


Elijah Holyfield has 5 rushes and 1 pass thrown to him Game 8 next.


I swear to God Kirby.


David Marshall was not even allowed to play against vols.  It’s NOT just the offense.  It’s not just the offense and special teams.  It’s across the board that Kirby MISTREATS his freshmen.


In public.

In practice.

In games.


Kirby does NOT prepare his freshmen.  Then throws them in for a cameo appearance and they do very WELL.  Kirby yanks them.


Benches them.


Mecole Hardman Jr. has 2 assisted tackles Game 8 next.  No rush.  No catch.  No punt return.  No kick-off return.  Are we ANY good at ANY of those ?  No sir.  Is Mecole Hardman Jr. someone by GAME 8 you might have considered help at ANY of those Kirby ?




Kirby does not recognize Mecole Hardman Jr. as ANY help whatsoever at PR KR WR RB not even to play in the secondary as db.  2 assisted tackles all season game 8 next, both plays on special teams.  Really really truly awfully wonderful talent evaluation Kirby.



Talent recognition.

Talent recognition at positions of need.


Let’s see, we’re bad at running the ball, bad at catching the ball, bad at blocking, bad at kick-off return bad at punt return, bad at kick-off no let kicker, bad at well… I think you get the picture.


Never crossed your stubborn I Hate Freshmen mind Kirby.


Roquan Smith did not even start against vols or Vandie.  Oh we LOST both of those Kirby ?


Roquan Smith leads the defense Kirby behind Natrez Patrick and he CAN NOT START for you Kirby half the games this season ALREADY ?  Seriously Kirby.  WTF ?


Half the games Trenton Thompson has NOT STARTED EITHER Kirby – same as Roquan Smith.  Excuse me Kirby ?  Trenton Thompson did not start against vols or Vandie BOTH LOSSES as well.  WTF ?  Trenton Thompson is our # 3 leader on defense and half the games SAME AS WITH ROQUAN SMITH Kirby has seen fit to bench them.


I am certain I speak for ALL these men Kirby that when you THINK YOU ARE MAKING A POINT to them to so mangle your year and their season by BENCHING THEM that you Kirby sir are HOLDING OUR TEAM BACK.


You did not start Mo Smith against Vandie Kirby.  We LOST.


What were you doing Kirby ?


Making a point to Mo Smith that you are in charge ?




Less than half the games you have even let Julian Rochester start.


Excuse me Kirby Julian Rochester is a STARTER Kirby.


Julian Rochester after Kirby says he can tell after 4 or 5 practices if the guy is Elite, did NOT start 4 of the 7 games.  WTF Kirby ?  Are you THIS BAD AT TALENT EVALUATION ?


Yes.  Yes, you are this bad at talent evaluation Kirby.


As a head coach, you are the WORST talent evaluator I have ever seen Kirby.


Do NOT write to me that Kirby is SELLING to 2017 recruits – which clearly is the # 1 best recruiting class UGA has EVER HAD – that there is opportunity to come-in, practice with the # 1 unit, be prepared to play, and put in the games more than just casual off-the-cuff cameo appearances and then BENCHED.


I would make Kirby sign a document have it notarized and make him present it to the press that I get snaps practicing with the # 1 unit, that I am prepared to play with the # 1 unit, and that I get in EVERY GAME all season long in the 1st quarter for more than a cameo appearance, or I would NOT sign with Kirby – if he told ME that he is selling the concept to everyone who has not yet committed of early PT- if Kirby told me that I can come-in and play right away.


Don’t you dare write that bullshit to me for me to read as you ALL are doing right now.  Don’t you dare try to pass that off to me.


I am not buying that bullshit.


Kirby is AFRAID to put them in lest they SHOW him up for having NOT PLAYED them while we are # 75 at every aspect of a football team.


Kirby is TRYING to make a point to them by not playing them.


Instead what Kirby has done is to MAKE MY POINT when if he ever puts-in his freshmen class this year, we will start winning and quit all this losing.


“The prospects understand there are a lot of opportunities to come in and play.  That’s what we’re selling.”  Kirby


How can that be true, Kirby ?  You don’t play FRESHMEN by policy.


How can a prospect buy-in to that total bullshit Kirby ?


I certainly am not falling for it.  I know 2017 you will not let any freshman talk to anyone, practice with the # 1 unit, play in the games, prepare him at all – NOT ONE.


We can look forward to seeing these 2016 freshmen in 2017.


And 2017 recruiting class in 2018.



Recruiting does not mean a hill of beans, if you don’t put them in the game and let them play.

We are using the same recruiting shtick next year 2017 recruiting signing date as we used 2016 signing date and that is that there is opportunity to play here at Georgia as a freshman.


Wouldn’t Kirby have had to have played some freshmen this year for anyone to believe that ?


Come here and no matter how badly we need you here, we will chide you and refuse to let you play as a freshman and we’ll also gag you.


No wonder there is a lot of opportunity here to play early as a freshman.  Even next year because he won’t let them play this year to show everyone how much depth he does have.


Kirby has a great recruiting class 2016 and has steadfastly refused to play ANY of them.  NONE OF THEM.


If he ever did, we would kick some butt.


Next year, he will play the freshmen as sophomores.


Then the good ones of this 2016 class will leave the year after next.  So the best ones you will really only see for 2 years with nothing but cameo appearances 2016 season – wasted as freshmen – EVERY ONE OF THEM.


Next year when this year’s class finally gets RECOGNIZED for what they are and get to play football finally and really help us, he will CATEGORICALLY REFUSE to play the even better 2017 class because they will be freshmen.


He will hold press conferences where he tells us where each of next year’s 2017 signing class is weak.  All of them will be chided in public.




How do I know that ?


Because only that has gone on all year 2016.


This is NOT how I envisioned 2016 game 8.


It has stymied his recruiting for 2017 right where it is for a LONG TIME NOW.


He better start playing his freshmen.


By the way, I would have practiced Jacob Eason ONLY with the # 1 unit January 12.


I would have STARTED Brian Herrien game 1 vs North Carolina and been cautious with Nick Chubb.  Brian Herrien was the ONLY running back healthy for North Carolina.  38 carries for Nick Chubb after THAT 3 ligament surgery.  Criminal.  He’s not been the SAME since.


We’ve just steadfastly refused to play freshmen.


And what’s up with this all we have is Isaiah McKenzie ?


Why Ben Cleveland with the sorry OL we saw vs Vandie in the last game still redshirted when he leaves to NFL with his best friend Jacob Eason after the year after next.  WTF ?


Mecole Hardman Jr. was redshirted for SEVERAL GAMES to begin this season and he had a come to Jesus meeting with Kirby and now gets to play one play on special teams each game TACKLING people NOT kick return or punt return both of which we SUCKED AT again vs Vandie.


Mecole also has not been handed the ball once.  Nor thrown to once.


Nice use of the # 1 athlete in the nation Kirby sir and his WASTED freshmen year.


Are you afraid to let us see how good Mecole Hardman Jr. is Kirby so that he doesn’t make you look bad because you said you would and then game 8 STILL HAVE NOT.


And thanks too Kirby for having such a out-of-sync offense too Kirby because of your feet-dragging about Jacob Eason.


I swear if you say one more word Kirby about your hating on your freshmen crap, I will really get this out there so as to CHANGE YOU KIRBY.


You hard-headed stubborn pig-headed hater of all freshmen Kirby.


MARK MY WORDS these freshmen this year will have a GREAT NFL DRAFT the year after next when the top ones leave early.  This is 2016.  You SAW what Jacob Eason was despite all the B.S. from Kirby and nothing but dragging his feet – kicking and screaming.


What my real concern is now game 8 is that Kirby will NOT play his even better recruiting class 2017 next year, EITHER.


And to think Kirby guaranteed us about Mecole for example that after 4 or 5 practices he’d recognize if he is Elite or not and play him on special teams and offense.  No, he has NOT.


It’s ALL been a recruiting shtick he is employing again 2017 already.


Game 8 next our # 1 Rival.






It doesn’t mean you will play as a freshman.  Ask any of those who are freshmen this year and report back to me.





How do you make Southern Fig Preserves? When the football season is over, I will be out.

Buy brown turkey fig tree.   Small is fine.  They grow very fast and will have more fruit every year.  If you can not find brown turkey fig tree, any fig tree will be just fine.  They will just be smaller figs.  If you know someone with a big one, root one down low with spade being certain to get the roots – by pulling on them and cut them as long as you can on the root and then plant them immediately.


Plant 1 fig tree front yard and 1 back yard so that you spread out the risk from squirrels and birds.  Fig trees like a lot of water but not hard-streamed because you will knock off the small green figs.


Once you see a fig turn not green and not the yellow color they get next, but the brownish red color, pick it. Wash them by putting them in washed sink and fill with water.  Put loosely in plastic grocery bags with stems still on them.  Store them in the refrigerator, and pick the ones which ripen the next day and do the same until you have a batch.


They will continue to ripen in the kitchen if you want them slightly darker by putting them on a paper towel on the window sill.  Birds and squirrels are no problem then.  I see lots of folks having trouble having any figs left to pick.  They do not do this step.  Pick them when they change color.


At the end of July in Atlanta you will harvest so many figs that you should get 100 lbs. of figs on 2 trees after a few years.  I tug on the taller limbs to bring them down so I can pick higher-up figs.  I prune them so I can mow under them – so I have a lot of limbs very high up.


As with any fruit or nut tree, you want to insure you keep the area under the fig trees clean.  It attracts bees elsewise.  Yellowjackets will make a hole in the ground and take-up residence. Then you have to buy a yellowjackets’ killer with a long stem plastic nozzle and go out before sunrise and put it into the hole to eradicate them.  Smoke is also a deterrent so you can use smoke to make picking the figs easier.  And Wasps will be everywhere from the time the morning is warm until dusk.   Keeping it clean under the fig tree helps prevent these issues. Pecan trees, you can not tell what you have if you leave old pecans under the tree right now when they are all about to drop.  So for different reasons you must keep fruit and nut trees clean under the trees before harvest.


You are going to need a pup ladder and 2 layers of clothes and half a day to pick them all.  Use mosquito netting they sell cheaply at Walmart to protect yourself from bees.  I wear a hat and wrap mosquito netting around my head.  The ripened figs on the tree eaten by birds and squirrels leave behind a small amount of very ripe figs which bees will swarm you for mid morning to nearly dusk.  You have to pick figs every day.  And you have to throw figs away far from tree which are half eaten.  No shorts.  Wear gloves.  Long sleeves shirts and jeans. Tuck socks into the jeans at the shoes.


When picking figs do not stand on the limbs or they will come loose from the bottom of the tree and spread-out too much.  I pull the limbs down and pull the figs off in a motion that breaks the stem without damaging the fig tree either.  And you will want to run hard nozzle under the fig trees to cut down on bees.  This will clean the land under fig trees of over ripe figs.   I find one tree or the other gets hit pretty hard by the birds and squirrels.  You may need 3 trees with one in the side yard.

But, if you pick the figs every day when they turn brown, the squirrels and birds will not have made up their mind to eat that fig yet.  They want them really to be just before fall off the tree ripe.  That is too late to bring them into the kitchen and wash them off and see which ones need to sit on a paper towel on the window sill for a day because you will not win that battle trying to get them just at the perfect moment.  That is all they have to do is to eat.  They have nothing better to do than that.  You will lose.

If you find one half ripe and half green – those never turn ripe and must be discarded far away from the tree.

Walmart also sells a mosquito net hat for $ 1.50 in camping goods.  Don’t pick figs without it and wear a hat underneath.  Fruit flies and other insects you can not see will eat you alive picking figs.  Figs are great.  But unfortunately not just for us.  Why wear 2 layers of long sleeves shirts and a T-Shirt under all that  and long pants with something layers of underwear and maybe gym shorts on top of the blue jeans ?  They will get through one layer.


Pick figs for 59 years and you will see what I mean.  I cringe to think about picking figs.


You are trying to cover yourself up completely every inch or you will itch and have to stop picking and take a hot shower for relief.  Hot water will draw the itch out and frankly nothing else works.  Leave any skin visible and you will pick figs for about 2 minutes before you just have to stop.  Even with all these layers, picking them every day – some days I find I have to stop for that day and go use-up all my hot water.  It’s that maddening.  Trust me.  If you are going to make figs someone needs to tell you this.  All of this.


When ready to make the fig preserves, get a soup kitchen pot.  This is a pot which is 20 quarts.


This will not fit eye of stove and 8 hours of boiling will mar the surface of your stove, so cook on propane on screen porch.


Without one of those large pots there is no need to plant 2 fig trees.  You’ll have too many.    Stem the figs.  Wash out the kitchen sink put the figs in and put cold water on them.  Wash them.  Take a serrated metal utility vegetable knife (not sharp) in your right hand and pick out a fig with your left.  Hold the stem near your right thumb and cut.  I can wash and cut 22 lbs. of figs in half an hour.   Some years I cut the figs in half and I think I prefer them that way.  Put the figs in a measuring cup and when full put in pot and write it up as one cup.  You need half as much white sugar as figs so you have to measure them before putting them into the large soup kitchen pot.  This method of washing them will just leave water all over the figs no matter how much you drain them.


Fig Preserves require 5 ingredients. 1- a shake of salt.  2- a Small amount of lemon juice in bottle.  3-water (careful not too much.)  4- half as much sugar in measuring cup as 5 -figs.


However, if you wash them as I you will have more than enough water on the figs.  And if you use sugar substitutes, you have to cut way down on the water.  You can add water to them as they nearly boil slow simmer.  But you really can’t get water out later. It lengthens the time to cook if you add too much water because you are trying to make a fig syrup.


Measure :


8 cups figs washed and stems removed

4 cups of white sugar (brown sugar and sugar substitutes will require maybe half the water)  If you are using other sugars other than white sugar the package must give you equivalents to this recipe which is why I break it down several ways for you herein, so that you have half a much sugar as figs.

1  cup cold water will give you a good syrup (if you wash then cook, use almost no water – just be careful not to burn the bottom by stirring every few minutes entire cooking time)

Shake some sea salt on top

1 Tablespoon liquid lemon juice

Turn the burner on where you can turn it up to get it up-to temperature, but then quickly turn it down to medium low for 3 hours or longer depending on how much water you have to turn to syrup.


Do not let it boil.


Stir every 15 minutes or so with long wooden spoon so you stir it up from the bottom so it does not stick.


Boil your jars lids and rings and keep them hot.


Use a $ 1.50 canning funnel also found at Walmart by the Ball jars.


I wear a pair of oven mitts which are made of what looks like rubber for high heat.


A jar grabber found beside the Ball jars is really not necessary with these gloves to fill the jars but you really can not possibly get them out of the water vat after you fill the Ball jars with fig preserves without a jar grabber.  You can not get a hold of the jar.  I can hold the bottle in my left hand and ladle the figs into the funnel to the Ball jars.  Remember that you are getting rid of germs in the water bath and many sites will warn you of these dangers.


Wipe the jar.  Place the hot lid on the jar.  Put the ring on the jar.  Tighten.  Heat that in a second 20-quart pot of all water this time a long time.  The longer the better.  The lemon juice really helps in this process but 3 minutes is not long enough.  45 minutes is recommended to insure safe storage of the figs.  You can spend all day doing this.


Let them cool.


I refrigerate mine then.


Throw the lids and rings away after each year and remind everyone to return the jar.


I toast bread in the morning, spread butter on it, and then put figs on it with my coffee.  Yum !


If the figs are mushy when you stem them you do not need to cut them in half, because when you put them in the jar they will spread well anyway.


Mine are gone before Winter gets here.  I am making my second batch now.  I picked figs this morning and I just picked figs tonight.


I just picked 11 lbs. of figs from the 2 mature fig trees this morning and another 11 lbs. of figs tonight. I could pick that many figs frankly every day if I wanted to.  I just can not stand picking them.   This measured 23 pints of figs for 22 lbs. which is 46 cups.  I used quart Ball jars.  I did the same exact totals last weekend too and that filled 12 quart Ball jars.  I am making the same recipe tonight and could do it again if I want next weekend.  Or let the birds squirrels bees and neighbors have them.  I find they like my fig preserves better each year but they last a day or two at the most before I get my Ball jar back.  I pick the figs for as many days as it takes to have what I think will fill one 20-quart soup kitchen pot.  Some days near the end of July early August there are so many figs I could still pick but it is beyond my endurance to handle being bit any more than day and just have to stop.


These are delicious.  This is all well worth the effort.  If you ever got a jar of these, you would go pick them yourself and see just how easy this recipe is – although I have never seen a recipe that really spells-out the steps.  Everyone assumes you know how to put figs in a jar or how to pick them or what to wear or what to do about insects or how to grow or which tree to buy and how many trees.  They give you mixed measurements of dry to liquid.  They put junk in the figs which ruin the taste.  They don’t tell you how to safely store the fig preserves.  I had to learn this the hard way with mom’s and Aunt Mary Lee’s guidance.  When I go look for a recipe, frankly there is not a complete one anywhere.  I have written all this down.  I use recipes.  I do not cook without recipe. You only make fig preserves once a year.


This is a simple straight-forward Classic Southern Fig Recipe.


Yes, I have tried many variations.


If you pick the figs daily and then make them in batches like this you will spend a good 8 hours making a batch from washing them to finish.  Cooking times vary depending on the amount of water you need to boil down to make the syrup.


So for :


46 cups washed stemmed halved figs 22 lbs. I over-filled each cup because of space between the raw figs

23 cups white sugar

4 cups cold water or less (I wash my figs last moment so really add about no water)  Once it starts to simmer, the figs which have loads of water in them, will make it obvious how much water you need.  Until then you can not tell and can easily draw this cooking time out trying to make it into a syrup.

6 shakes of sea salt

6 tablespoons liquid lemon juice which is 3 eights of a cup less than half a cup which is 3 ounces.  You can use real lemons and slice them thinly which in the syrup taste great by themselves.  Lemon slices should be put into the fig preserves in each jar to assist in making certain that you do not have germs in the jar.  The acid in the lemon helps.  I just use lemon juice.  I don’t care for lemon slices on my fig preserve toast with coffee each morning.  Lemon is too acidic to my taste in the mornings even if it is prudent from germs point-of-view.

Cook 3 hours or longer on medium low stirring every 15 minutes until you have a syrup.  You will get these quantities correct from this recipe on sugar half as much in a measuring cup as in same measuring cup of figs.  You will probably end-up with too much water and may need to cook for 8 hours instead of 3 hours to get the water to boil-down enough to have the syrup.  It is a fine line between burning the bottom of the pot without enough water, and waiting all night for it to turn to syrup because you put too much water.  If you are stirring the pot however, frequently, you can tell if it is too thick and easily add a little water until it is not too thick when stirring it.


Since a pound of white sugar is 2 cups I used 11 and a half pounds white sugar for 46 cups of figs.  You have to measure this or you will not have syrup.


You may need to drain the water out of the pot before adding water to it to see that there might be cups of water already in the pot following this recipe.


The way I do this is again I wash the figs in clean sink and put them into a measuring cup and mark-up 1 cup figs so I know to use half cup sugar filling the measuring cup up over the top to allow for space between raw figs.


Therefore I added 4 cups since when I measured I already had 2 cups of water from washing the 22 lbs. 46 cups of stemmed figs.  You are not going to do that step of measuring how much water you have in the bottom of the pot, but I do.  So I know there is a ton of water in the bottom.  If you add too much water it could take 8 hours or longer simmering to evaporate enough of the water to make the fig syrup.  I figure if you follow this recipe that you will need to add no water to the recipe and will have a beautiful lovely syrup.  You want to have a syrup.  Syrup is the water.  Too much water, never get syrup.  Too little water, burn bottom of pot.


Big pot too big for eye ruins stoves.  Heat for 3 hours or longer is transferred from the outside edges of the pot to the painted surface so as when I make boiled peanuts I do use propane on screen porch.  Or a smaller pot that fits the eyes of the stove I am using.  This is why I broke-down the exact quantities for you so you can make smaller batches.  I like making them all at a time and mine are wildly popular.


You can begin picking figs at the very end of July in Atlanta.  October 21 and it is 87 degrees outside today.  You can wait no more than one day between picking figs or you will lose them to the animals notably birds and squirrels however if you have planted 2 fig trees one in back yard one in front yard, you will find the tree that they do not hit as hard has more than enough figs for you after about 3 years of growth.  Mature fig trees grow and grow so you do have to prune them before they start the new year’s growth.


My mom taught me how to make Southern Fig Preserves she and Aunt Mary Lee.  Since mom made dinner for 7 I had mom teach me all her recipes.  Want to know how to make Squash Casserole ?  Sweet potato soufflé ?  Beef stroganoff ?  Lasagna ?  Prime Rib of Beef ?  I worked my way through college at Georgia as a chef.  I was in charge of 60 employees.  Everyone in tipped services reported to me.  But I ran it from the kitchen until I closed the kitchen, then on the floor.  Then the office. Then the bank.  I can serve 600 people at a time.  Chef Gurley Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills taught me and I taught everyone else myself.   After college all I did was computers, travel, and Georgia Bulldogs !  I have a lot of fun.  My Dad said that I had to get out of kitchen work but honestly were it not for him I would have stayed in the kitchen.  I love it.


I keep the majority of the Southern Fig Preserves I make so every batch I get 6 quarts or so out of the 12 quart jars I make using this exact recipe every year.  I find myself adding-in less and less water each year to speed-up cooking time.


I spend so much time picking the figs and cooking fig preserves that I encourage my friends relatives and neighbors if they want more than 1 jar they should follow the recipe here from my mom and Aunt Mary Lee.  It is gruesome getting the figs off the fig tree.  If they want to eat them raw after I have been picking figs, I hand them a grocery plastic bag and tell them to pick their own.  It’s that much hassle from the ants bees spiders and general itch picking figs.


When the football season is over I should be out.  So when Practice starts for football that is when you can begin this process.  I just had Southern Fig Preserves on buttered toast with my coffee.  Southern Fig Preserves and Georgia Bulldogs’ football go hand-in-hand.