Orville's Garlic Pickles

I grew up in an awesome neighborhood.  I'm tempted to say the BEST neighborhood ever.  We had kids our own age, not a lot of car traffic, it was safe, and we had the greatest next door neighbors named Orville and Elsie. They would come over if they heard the oven timer going for an extended period of time and take a roast out of the oven, they'd let us just walk in their back door without even knocking, and they'd let us come over Friday nights to watch Family Matter's, the show with Urkel because his voice drove my dad nuts. 

They also made some of the foods that I now consider comfort foods.  There were a couple that stand out to me: home made grape jelly, with butter and saltine crackers, freezer oatmeal cookies, and garlic pickles.  

Now, before you go thinking I'm nuts, these pickles are TO DIE FOR!  They're sweet and garlicy...and I'm not talking subtle garlic.  I'm talking punch you in the face garlic.  If you like pickles and you like garlic, this recipe is for you!


  • 1 quart jar of Kosker Dill pickles
  • LOTS of fresh garlic 2-3 heads or 20-30 cloves
  • 1 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cup white sugar


  1. Drain all pickle juice out of the jar and cut pickles into chunks and put the pickles back into the jar. 
  2. Make a syrup of sugar and vinegar on the stove, by bringing them to a boil and stirring about 2-4 minutes.  
  3. Add trimmed garlic cloves to the mixture and pour over pickles chunks back into jar, while hot.  Let stand several days before serving.