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I generally freeze the leftover turkey if it makes it until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so my rule is three to four days. The Department of Health would give it seven days, but my thought is that the turkey spends a lot of time at room temperature and outside of food safety zones, cold or hot. Food should not spend more than six hours at unsafe temperatures. After you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal always refrigerate your turkey. When you want to defrost the turkey after freezing, thaw it in the refrigerator, and since it’s already cooked it will heat up very quickly.