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

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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 :) – Johanna Jan 26 '15 at 5:32

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