I'm trying to understand the purpose of salting a potato prior to baking it. I've always oiled to skin to make it softer, but I don't see the purpose of salting it. What does salting the skin accomplish?
Seasoning during cooking always reduces the amount of seasoning needed when compared to seasoning at the table. That is the first reason, the second is that applying salt to the skin helps draw moisture out of the skin, and makes it crisper.