Fresh, washed & bloomy-rind cheese
Fresh cheeses don’t have rinds, such as some goat cheeses, fresh mozzarella, ricotta and cream cheese. Washed-rind cheeses are bathed in salty brine, sometimes with a little beer, wine or liquor to add more flavor. The brine helps the cheese to form an edible rind around its soft or semi-soft interior. Bloomy-rind cheeses are purposely exposed to mold spores to create a gently fuzzy rind on the outside. These rinds, like those of Brie and Camembert, are generally edible.