Close up of scored baked potato
Why You Should Always Score Baked Potatoes When They Come Out Of The Oven
Scoring refers to making small slits in food before cooking to release moisture. By scoring a freshly baked potato, you allow it to continue this process and maximize its texture.
If you let the potato cool without scoring, any residual moisture becomes waterlogged. By scoring the potato with an X-shaped slit across the top, you'll get the fluffiest pulp.
Once you've scored the baked potatoes, they'll only need a minute or two to release residual steam. After that, immediately fluff the pulp with a fork.