Hi, I've been shopping for good, bulk dried cranberries. Everything I've seen indicates that plain old Craisins would be a good deal and present nothing in the way of problematic preservatives like sorbate.
The only thing that gives me pause is the fact that they have some sunflower oil for anti-clumping purposes sprayed on the outside. This product spec sheet (PDF)
indicates it's only 1%, and I see so many people talking about brewing Craisins on here and other places. I assume it won't be an issue, but I wanted to check here and see if anyone had any problems with it.
Speaking of Craisins, I was also wondering if anyone had tried Ocean Spray's "Choice" product? It's designed as a slightly cheaper alternative to classic Craisins, but critics say that it's pretty much just dried cranberry skins fortified with juice and sugar. As a brewer, I was intrigued. Would you get some kind of pomace wine flavor brewing with those or what? Has anyone had any experience? The data sheet looks similar, for what it's worth. No more or less sunflower oil than Craisins. (PDF)