Basket, a well knownutensil, made of twigs interwoven together. Considered as a measure in commerce, it denotes an uncertain quantity, as a basket of medlars is two bushels ; of asafoetida from 20 to 50 pounds weight, etc. Ancient Britons were celebrated for their ingenuity in manufacturing baskets of very elegant workmanship, which they exported in large quantities.
Basket-salt is made from the water of the salt springs in Cheshire, and other places. It differs from the common brine-salt, in the fineness of the grain, as Well as on account of its whitenes and purity. In preparing the former kind, sonic: persons use resin and other ingredients, for separating the crystals, and reducing them to a smaller grain; others effect this by keeping up a brisk fire under the pans, and constantly stirring the salt; but the most approved method of manufacturing basket-salt is, to take out for this purpose, the third draught of every pam which is working for the common brine-salt; and to do this before the granules or crystals are perfectly formed. Thus the salt will become very fine; and it is then hard pressed into small wicker-baskets, dried at the stove and kept for sale.
As there prevails, in many families, a prejudice against this species of salt, from an idea that some pernicious articles are used in the chemical process of preparing it, we advise those who are under the influence of such apprehension, to reduce common salt to powder, in a marble or iron mortar : but it requires to be previously cleaned or purified, by dissolving, and again evaporating it to dryness ; in which state it may easily be pounded.