In all the forums and blogs about food storage, preserving and canning, I occasionally come across some odd information or ideas. How about this one. When you have a large amount of cucumbers to wash, why not throw them in the washing machine with a couple of dish towels and run it on a short cycle with no soap. It will wash any residual dirt and bugs off and get the little spiny buggers off them at the same time.
When you need more room on your stove for canning, use a crock pot to heat up the canning lids. I also run my other canning items in the dish washer, i.e. ladle, rings, jars, funnel in the dish washer and leave the jars on the plate warm cycle.