Most of K.C. Richey’s time is spent preaching. When he isn’t preaching, he’s making hot sauce.
Richey has three hot sauces and one mild sauce, completing his current collection, OMG Hot Sauce.
His mild sauce, made from his mother’s recipe, is named Marcella’s Mild Sauce after his mother. The mild sauce is now sold at D&R Fruit Market, 931 W. Market St.
Richey fondly recalls times spent cooking with his mother. She used to make a sauce, which she called ketchup, when tomatoes and bell peppers were in abundance, Richey said.
After he started making hot sauce, he decided he wanted to add his mother’s recipe to his collection.
Unable to find a recipe or ask his mother, who suffers from advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, what the ingredients were, he was determined to duplicate the recipe even if it took him a year — which it did.
“On a visit I asked her, ‘mom you know that ketchup we used to make?’ She stopped, tilted her head and didn’t say anything, as if she remembered,” Richey said. “Did you put this ingredient in it, I asked, even though she hasn’t known anything for five years. She said yes. I asked about another ingredient and she said yes. In a span of sixty seconds she continued and got it right.”
Richey, who is originally from Logansport, is now living in Detroit. It was about 14 years ago that he started making his own hot sauce and placing it in mason jars and giving it to friends and family as gifts.
It took Richey three times to get it right, making small adjustments to each batch.
“Our goal all along has been flavor,” Richey said. “Carrots were key. They reduce the heat without altering the flavor.”