When making dried apples, how does one control for whether the apples come out crunchy or chewy? Is it a matter of equipment (eg: dehydrator vs oven vs sun dried), the type of apples, additives, something else?
It's just how long you dry them. Thin apple slices work best for crunchy chips and then just dry them till they're crunchy - sometimes as much as 18-20 hours. Soft, chewy dehydrated apples just go for a shorter time.