Is it safe to cook pork that thawed on the counter overnight?


No. It has been out in room temperature for far too long to be safe to eat. Pork chops will be completely defrosted after 2-3 hours, which means they have been in the 'danger zone' for 6-8 hours. If you are defrosting over night, I would recommend putting it in a bowl of water in the fridge.

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    I don't think there's even any need for the bowl of water.
    – logophobe
    Jan 25 '15 at 23:43
  • @logophobe That might just be because my fridge is somewhat temperamental, and sometimes decides that an appropriate temperature is -4 degrees instead of +4. I've learned that with the bowl of water, my food will defrost anyway :)
    – user141592
    Jan 26 '15 at 5:32

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