Grocery Haul for Two and Reuben Sandwiches

I remember 20 years ago I'd go grocery shopping at Costco and have two of those flat bed type carts full of food! And then at Winco I'd have two grocery carts full of food. Nowadays our grocery hauls look MUCH different and I'm enjoying it.

Here was this weeks haul from Costco...

I bought a package of precooked sausage patties. We use these to make breakfast sandwiches because they are quick and simple. I also bought some ranch dressing. I buy Gregg's Ranch because I think it's the best tasting ranch dressing. I've tried other brands and always end up back with Gregg's. The mouthwash was also on sale and came to price much less expensive (almost half the cost per ounce) as the generic brand at Winco. Now we have enough mouthwash to last us a very long time! :)

I had originally planned to use corned beef (or pastrami) lunch meat to make our Reuben sandwiches but could not find any. Well I was able to find pastrami but really wanted to make them with corned beef. So instead I bought a corned beef roast. Costco still had them on sale. The sale was not as good a price as Winco, but we'd already been to Winco so I bought it at Costco instead. 

I was so glad I did! It had to be the best corned beef I've purchased in a long time. Very little fat and seasoned perfectly (not overly salty). Was worth the little extra I paid for it. It made delicious sandwiches!  

The lunch meat I use for hubby's wraps (that I send to work with him) were on sale. Costco had an instant coupon for $4 off so I bought 2 packages and put one in the freezer...

The cost for the Costco trip: $57

Winco's haul included a lot of produce. Apples, bananas, oranges, beets, onions, mushrooms and lettuce. I bought 2 containers of half-n-half. I don't like running out the day before grocery shopping! :) I also don't like buying the bigger containers because they don't last until their expiration date after they've been opened. I got the typical eggs and milk and some tater tots to stock in my freezer as well as a few extra pantry items (the ramen, olives and chips).


I picked up the needed ingredients for the Reuben sandwiches. Sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing. I already had the rye bread in the freezer...

The only non food items I purchased were some mints and a bottle of hairspray (sitting way over to the right, kind of cut out of the top picture).

The total for the Winco trip: $40

Grand total for groceries this week was: $97

I wanted to share how I made the Reuben sandwiches. They were fantastic! Made me wish I'd bought another corned beef to have them again later in the year. 


I cooked my corned beef in my Instant Pot. That made it so moist and infused with amazing flavor. I put a 1 ½ cups of water in the IP, put the trivet in and placed the roast on the trivet. I did not add any seasonings other then the little packet that came with the roast. I cooked it on high pressure for 70 minutes (it was a 2 ½lb roast). When it had cooled down a bit I sliced fairly thin for the sandwiches.

To assemble them I started with the rye bread, put a slice of cheese on it, then the corned beef, topped it with sauerkraut that I had drained well and some thousand island dressing...

Put the top piece of bread on and then grilled them in butter in my frying pan, like you would a grilled cheese sandwich. You have to grill them on fairly low heat and do it slowly to make sure the cheese melts and the bread does not burn. I also covered my frying pan with a lid while I cooked them.

They were simply delicious! We had them for 2 meals and I still have a little of the beef leftover for lunches. I served them with a salad and chips.

Now I have a question.. I was thinking how these could have been grilled in a panini press. I've been toying with the idea of getting one for a bit.

So my questions.. Do you have a panini press? Do you like it? What brand do you have?

That's all for this week's Friday in the Kitchen! 



  1. I don't have a panini pan, but I have seen taking a sandwich and putting it on a grill pan with another pan on top of the sandwich, grilling it and then flipping and doing the other side. I think this would work as well. I am going to try your corn beef in the Instant pot as I love Reuben sandwiches. Thanks for sharing. We also are just the 2 of us now and it is a lot cheaper, even though I still like to stock up as I don't like to shop as much. Thanks for sharing.

    1. That's a great idea! Thank you for sharing this. Hope you enjoy your Reubens as much as we did 🙂

  2. We are also mostly 2 but our son lives with us for the year so we provide for him. The two daughters live with us during the summer so then we're up to 5!

    I bought a corned beef and we had reubens and a corned beef casserole. That was gone very quickly so I bought two more for the freezer for sometime this summer when the girls are home because they love reubens. Then I bought a 4th one and cooked it up warning the boys that they are for reubens not just for snacking! I make my own thousand island with mayo, ketchup and sweet pickle relish. Wow! Delicious!

    We have a full freezer and I'm working through it but I just love the variety I can get right in my own freezer!


    1. Alice, I know what you mean about the variety a well stocked freezer can provide. I love that too.

  3. Hello! I'm really loving the looks of those reuben sandwiches!

    I have cooked corned beef only once and did it in the crockpot. It turned out so greasy! Just awful really. But, your corned beef looks nice and bright and sliceable (unlike mine, which was pretty stringy).

    I do have an instant pot. Do you have any tips on what I might have done wrong, or if you think it was just the cut of meat I had?

    Did you chill your cooked meat before slicing, use an electric knife or a meat slicer? And do I slice across grain?

    I really need to know how to make such an amazing sandwich. Your's looks perfect and I love reuben sandwiches.

    Believe it or not, I grew up on FL and we only ate corned beef from .. A CAN!

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Gina, in general corned beef is a fatty cut of meat. The crock pot would leave it swimming in the grease I would think. With the Instant Pot you put the trivet in the pot and set the meat on that. The grease goes to the bottom of the pot. I did not cool the meat or refrigerate it before cooking. And I used a bread knife to cut it. You do need to cut the roast across the grain or it will be stringy. Hope that helps! 🙂 Crystal


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