Some people are looking for bread makers that can do it all, but with so many features that it can take days to learn how to work everything. Other people, however, just want a bread machine that does basic bread baking, and does it fast. For these people, the Oster 5838 58-Minute ExpressBake breadmaker is just what they are looking for.
The Oster 5838 58-Minute ExpressBake breadmaker is a compact, reasonably priced bread machine that can bake up to a two pound loaf of bread in about an hour. Even though it is not one of those top-of-the-line bread machines with all the bells and whistles that go along with them, it still has plenty of good features that make baking bread an easy and fun process.
There is a time delay feature that can be set for up to 13 hours, making it possible for you to add the ingredients to the bread machine and set it to start baking later on. This is great for those who want to wake up to a freshly baked loaf of bread in the morning, or come home from work to one. There is also a warming feature that comes with the Oster 5838 58-Minute ExpressBake breadmaker that will keep your baked bread warm for up to an hour after it is done.
The Oster 5838 58-Minute has programmable settings, and different cycles to accommodate different types of bread, such as wheat, white, or whole grain. It even has a setting for making pizza dough. It has a single kneading paddle; and although some people believe that two kneading paddles work better for more even kneading, the paddle in the Oster 5838 seems to be quite adequate – it stands up to most anything that you can throw into your bread ingredients.
For serious break bakers who spend a lot of time creating custom breads, rolls, or pizza crusts, the Oster 5838 58-Minute ExpressBake breadmaker may not be “loaded” enough for them. For the average person who just wants some good fresh-baked bread on a fairly regular basis without having to take a class to learn how to use a machine, the ExpressBake is perfect. It has just enough features to make a good loaf of bread in a very short amount of time, and is easy enough for anyone to be able to use. This middle-of-the-road, nicely compact breadmaker is great for busy people who would still like a little taste of good old fashioned home cooking once in a while.
The Oster 5838 58-Minute is a little on the large size but it’s gently curved corners and sleek, oval shape design make it an eye-catching appliance. Its largish size is due, in no small part, to its ability to bake 1, 1.5 and 2lb loaves. It also has one of the largest viewing windows in any bread maker. The control panel is easy to read and use and it comes with a removable lid to make cleaning easy – with most brands you can’t remove the lid; this is a real plus point as, sooner or later, you’re going to get flour on the inside and outside of the lid and cleaning is so much easier when you can remove it.
The ExpressBake function on the Oster bread machine is marvelous for those who lack time. You simply throw in the ingredients and 58 minutes later you have a warm loaf of bread. This is really handy, especially when you use this feature with the 13 hour delay timer.
But you also get other bake options, rather more than you would have thought for a cheaper bread machine. There are 8 in all; basic, whole wheat, 2 ExpressBake cycles, French, sweet, dough, and bake. So, there’s plenty of versatility and most home bakers will be satisfied with the types of bread, cake and dough that can be made with the Oster breadmaker. All bakes cycle can be further amended with 3 crust options; light, medium or dark.
The Oster 5838 58-Minute also has an acoustic signal to let you know when to add extra ingredients like fruit and nuts during the mixing stage of the cycle and after baking, the machine has a 60 minute warmer option to keep your loaf warm. Finally, the machine comes with a good, comprehensive user manual with some delicious recipes to get you started.
There are some problems and limitation but they are quite minimal. Because it mixes and bakes bread in a horizontal pan, flour can sometime be left unmixed in the corners. Many other brands have this same problem. If flour isn’t mixing in, it can usually be rectified by adjusted the mixture, making it wetter or dry, as needed.
There are some features you don’t get with the Oster breadmaker; the delay timer only works with the bake cycles but not on the dough only cycle and there is no power outage backup but most home bakers can certainly live without these. Years ago making bread at home was a common task until the idea of bakeries emerged. Sure everyone would like to have fresh baked bread at their table, but making one nowadays is such a chore without a little help, and the Oster Company turns that job into a simple process of just adding up the ingredients in a couple push of buttons.
The Oster 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker can make a pound, a pound and a half, and a hefty 2-pounder big enough for a family. Its versatile design can make a variety of all-natural breads with 18 bread settings and 3 crust color selections. It has a thirteen hour delay feature that lets you start bread at night or before you leave for work, making the bread ready when you are.
It has an easy-to-use manual with 50 recipes included and a sixty minute warm cycle ensuring you get the opportunity for that fresh baked flavor. Its modern oval design offers a large view window, removable lid, a non-stick aluminum bread pan and a cool touch exterior. But what really sets this bread maker apart from the rest is its 3-step programming – baking bread as easy as one, two, three, literally.
Perhaps the biggest problem is when it comes to mixing heavy mixes of 2lb in weight. The motor in the machine really isn’t up to this job, so if you’re going to baking a lot of 2lb fruit breads you might want to consider a different brand altogether, like the Cuisinart bread machine.
The Oster bread machine is a very good machine at a very good price. It has enough features to satisfy most home users and its ExpressBake feature really does make baking quick, easy and fun.