The Oster 5838 Expressbake bread maker can make a bread loaf in as little as 58 minutes when using the Expressbake setting.
The Oster 5838 is an affordable bread machine that does not have some of the newer features such as collapsible paddles or gluten free programs, but it has been on the market for many years and it has proven to be a cheap and consistent kitchen companion. Take a peek at its features, advantages and disadvantages.
Oster 5838: Features
- 13-hour delay bake timer.
- 60-minute keep warm feature.
- 8 menu selection options for making bread and dough.
- Aluminum bread pan with nonstick coating.
- Built to North American Electrical Standards.
- Glass viewing window.
- Prepares 1.5 to 2-pound bread or dough recipes (no loaf size button!).
- Three crust color options: light, medium or dark.
- User manual with recipes are included.
- Cost: check prices at Amazon.com.
The basic process of making bread with the Oster 5838 is started by pouring the liquid ingredients into the removable baking pan. Then you add the dry ingredients and put the yeast on top. Now you can snap the baking pan into the bread maker and start choosing your settings by pushing buttons on the control panel.
The control panel has three parts: the left side has the programs with its selection button. The middle part has a crust color button. The right side has the display screen, timer set buttons and the start/stop button.
There is no loaf size button. The Oster 5838 is made for preparing a 2-pound bread loaf, but you can also prepare 1.5-pound bread or dough recipes.
You can choose one of these eight bread or dough making programs:
- Basic (can make most bread recipes)
- French (longer knead, rise and bake cycles for total time of 3:50)
- Sweet (bread recipes with high sugar, fat or protein content)
- ExpressBake 58 minutes (denser texture)
- ExpressBake 80 minutes (more airy texture and taller loaf)
- Whole Wheat (longer rise cycle, total time 3:40)
- Dough/Pasta (prepare dough recipes for bread, pasta or pizza)
- Bake (total time of 60 minutes)
Check the Dough
It is a good idea to check the dough after it has been kneading for awhile. You can add a teaspoon of water if the dough is too dry, or add a teaspoon of flour if it is too wet. Use a rubber spatula to make sure there are no flour stuck in the corners. If you are using the delay timer and are not around to do this, then don’t worry too much about it. The bread will still turn out well enough.
Automatic Keep Warm
The one-hour automatic keep warm cycle seems to be an unnecessary addition since it might overbake the bread. Try to remove the bread as soon as possible after the baking program has finished baking. Let the loaf cool on a cooling rack before slicing it.
Oster 5838 Manual
You can view an online copy of the manual at the ultimate manuals library if you lost your manual or if you purchased the bread machine without a manual.
- The aluminum bread pan with its nonstick coating is quick to clean after baking.
- Use the program selections and recipes to make a variety of bread loaves as well as dough.
- Expressbake settings can bake a bread loaf quickly, if you don’t mind sacrificing quality for speed.
- The dark crust setting might turn out too dark and crunchy.
- The kneading paddle leaves a hole in the bottom of the loaf.
- It can be noisy and full of vibrations when kneading heavy dough.
- The bread pan shape produces a tall, squarish bread machine loaf.
- There is no button for selecting the loaf size.
This Oster bread maker seems to be simple to use and fairly reliable, even though it is not the best bread machine out there. It appears to be a good, inexpensive, uncomplicated bread maker. Just make sure it does not accidentally fall off the counter when it kneads heavy dough!
|You might still find an Oster 5838 Expressbake bread maker for sale at Amazon.com. However, it is an old model bread maker which is getting more and more difficult to find.
You might also consider buying the Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake which is a newer model and one of the best selling bread machines at Amazon.com (see current prices).