Knowing when to crush ice and knowing when to blend it is difficult. Many recipes call for "crushed ice" in terms of making a slushy drink, while other call for it in terms of adding slivers of ice to the drink. If you blend a drink into a slushy drink, break the cubes up (as above) before adding them to the blender - this will save your blender much wear and tear. If you are expecting to make slushy drinks at an occasion, break the ice up prior to your guests arriving.
Submitted By: Chris on 07-13-06 (Definition has not yet been rated)