Certain types of natural rind cheeses, cooked and uncooked varieties, have their rinds brushed during the period they spend ripening. This brushing, done by hand or machine, helps the interior of the cheese to keep moist during the ripening period; it also has an effect on the final flavour of the cheese.
By machine or hand, the brushing of the rind on naturally rinded cheeses for moisture and flavour.
During the curing process, washed-rind cheese varieties are â€œbrushedâ€ with liquids such as brine, beer, wine or brandy to maintain a moist rind and impart distinctive, earthy flavors. Parmesan and other hard cheeses may be brushed or rubbed with a vegetable oil.