Posted: 11/11/2017 at 17:01
I haven't grown Apache - are they chubby or thin ?
If chubby fruit, they will obviously take longer to dry than the slender ones such as Cayenne.
Drying chillis shouldn't really go soft - a gradual wrinkling would probably be the best way to describe it.
If the fruit are chubby ( or short and fat - however you want to describe it ? ) - you could halve them down the length and dry as described above. The main thing is an even dry temp to ensure thorough drying before you store them for future use.
You can also freeze the whole fruit - pick when ripe, bag and straight into the freezer. This method obviously limits your use - ie once out of the freezer, need using straight away but you could use both methods.