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you don't need to wash your meat unless you plan to eat it raw. However, you need to dry it when you are browning it in a pan / skillet so that you don't end up steaming the meat. If you are searing it, no real need to dry, but I have a reflexive reaction that causes me to dry it anyway. The only other time I dry the meat is after washing off a brine, especially with whole chickens or turkeys.