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Dec 25, 2009 08:21 AM

Mushy cranberries

Has anyone else had trouble finding decent cranberries this year? Seems like almost all of the bags I find in the stores have a very high percentage of mushy berries and a lot of them are beyond use. Whatever happened to the firm berries that used to be the norm?

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  1. Yes. I didn't buy Ocean Spray so I thought it had to do with buying a different brand

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    1. re: rworange

      I usually buy Ocean Spray just because it's "there" but the quality has been terrible.

    2. +3.

      i even bought two different brands just to be safe - Ocean Spray and [i think] Paradise Meadow, and they were both terrible.

      1. must be a regional thing. it was a really good year for midwestern cranberries. i don't think i saw a single even slightly mushy berry in 8 cases or so (pints).

        1. Organic cranberries in VA have been fine--though scarce right now.

          1. YES! I got fresh ones at Trader Joe's at Thanksgiving and only used about 2/3 of them. And I got another bag at Whole Foods yesterday for breakfast this morning and they were worse. I was glad I didn't need a lot of them!

            I floated them to eliminate the bad ones but I found I still needed to pick through the floaters to toss the ones that were partially soft.