Making your own broth in the winter is a great way to get an inexpensive but very nutritious meal. You start with a piece of raw meat with bones in it such as: a whole chicken, bone in ham, bone in roast of beef, or bone in roast of venison. Simmering a bone in water for a couple hours take the nutrition stored in the bone and marrow and puts it into the broth you are making. Any kind of edible meat with bones in it should work.
You take the piece of meat you have selected and put it into a large pot. Cover the meat with water and put it on the stove to cook. You can add salt at this time for spice: kosher salt, seasoned salt, or pepper. Save the herbs for later in this process. Start with your heat around medium high and then as the water starts to bubble turn it down to keep it from a hard boil. If your burner is large you may have to turn it off for ten minutes to let it cool and then resume cooking. You can also use the crock pot to make broth. This stage of making the broth is finished when the meat is loose or falls off the bone when you poke at the meat with a fork. The pot needs to be put in a cool place like the refrigerator. If it is cool outside(below 40 degrees) you can put it in an unheated room. Allow the broth to cool thoroughly.
You have made a good broth when after the mixture is cooled, the water is gelled. Next scrape off any fat that has congealed on the surface of your mixture. Remove meat and bones from the pot leaving the gelatinous substance in the pot. Much of the nutrition is in the broth and is also easily digestible, so do not waste it. Cut the meat off the bones. Cut the meat into bite size pieces and return them to the pot. (Discard the bones or plant them near a bush about a foot deep.) Now is the time to complete your soup if you are almost ready for supper. If you are not ready to make supper yet, simply return the broth with the meat to the cooling place. You can also freeze the meat and broth for a later time. Another advantage to making broth in the winter is adding moisture to the dry air. Be sure to put the money you saved in a safe place.
To make soup, add vegetables, herbs and spices to taste, simmer until hot and serve! Happy soup making!!