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Salt on the Exterior of a Baked Potato

Q:

Why is it common to salt the exterior of a baked potato?

A:

Chefs started doing this years ago to allow the salt to absorb or draw out the moisture of the potato while baking, which results in a dry, fluffy potato. They used to do something similar with prime rib, sometimes baking it over rock salt. 

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Also check out this video of salt baked Idaho Potatoes from blogger Average Betty: How to Make Salt Baked Potatoes