Adding a Large Number of Ice cubes to Smoothies:
With an Ice Crush Setting: If using more than five ice cubes in one recipe, add half of the ice cubes and all the other ingredients to the blender jug. Process on Ice Crush or Chop for 30 seconds, then add remaining ice cubes and process in Ice Crush or Chop for 30 seconds more or just until smooth.
Without an Ice Crush Setting: When making frozen drinks that require more than five ice cubes in a blender without an Ice Crush setting, the ice cubes must be crushed before you add them to the blender. Place cubes in a resealable plastic freezer bag, remove excess air, seal and place on a cutting board. Smash the cubes with a rolling pin or frying pan until the pieces are the size of quarters. Measure, add to the ingredients in the blender jug and blend for 10 seconds on Medium (or Low if you have a two-speed blender). Stop the motor, stir, replace the lid and blend for 10 seconds more. Repeat these steps until the ice is blended into the drink.