There is nothing like a cold winter day to have me wanting for soup! I haven't done it on my own before, but I've had my mom's home made soup a lot and watched her make it too. So today (well, I started yesterday), I'm making my own!
Starting with the stock, I pulled out a bag and a half of veggie scraps that I have kept in the freezer (just adding to it when we have carrots, or bits of onion, even a few potato peels), next I tossed in a few steak bones that were also in the freezer. I had room in the pot, so tossed in a bit more celery and a limp carrot from my fridge that hadn't quite made it to the freezer yet.
I didn't have enough bones, so my mom gave me a few that she had picked up at the farmers market. They were raw, chopped up small, from a local beef breeder/butcher. Those bones I roasted for an hour, and then tossed in the pot too.
I topped it up with water ~ about 12 cups fit in my pot, and turned it on to low. I added salt and pepper to taste, and a bit of garlic. I tasted throughout the day and added a bit more salt a few times because I was pretty conservative with that.
It bubbled away for about 8 hours yesterday, and then we just stuck it in the attached garage overnight and I popped it back on the stove for a few more hours this morning. Later today, I'll strain off the veggies and make the soup!
My mom lets the stock chill so she can scrape off the fat on the top, then, using the big pot, melt the fat, and add onions/celery until they are fragrant. Then she adds the stock, any other veggies she wants, plus a tender cut of beef like Sirloin.